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Students on IU South Bend’s campus get involved with nano science program

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Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 18:09

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Purdue Technology building at IUSB.

Over the past summer, three students from the Purdue School of Technology at IU South Bend interned for a program at Notre Dame studying nano sciences. The program was so impressed with their work over the summer that they were re-hired to intern again this fall. The professor who encouraged these students to get involved was Karl Perusich, an associate professor of technology at the Purdue School of Technology.

"Nano science is basically, especially in terms of electronics but also in a lot of other areas of engineering, the study and application of how to make things smaller," said Perusich. "In electronics, the whole goal of the industry is to make things as small as possible and as fast as possible at the same time."

The study of nano science has many applications to the electronic and industrial industries, both of which are running into problems with developing new technology. "One of the problems that we are running into is heat; we aren't able to make things much smaller than they already are without them overheating. We're also reaching a limit in terms of the scale of these things," said Perusich. As part of a research program, Notre Dame University has hired student interns to help study and develop solutions for these problems.

"Notre Dame's nano technology efforts are to see what the next step in nano science is, or really, what technology we can develop to replace the nano technology we have now," said Perusich. The nano science industry is running into a wall with the current capabilities of the technology they have, instead of improving existing nano technology. More and more research is being done into new forms of nano technology that can replace the current technology, in order to make even more powerful and fast electronics while at the same time scaling down their size.

The research project is a joint effort by Notre Dame with many Purdue professors involved from various Purdue campuses throughout Indiana and Michigan. Millions of dollars have been invested into the project from both the state and the universities, in hopes that a new breakthrough may be discovered.

Though the students study at the IUSB campus, they are actually Purdue students who use IUSB services to fulfill their degree requirements. They receive a Purdue degree upon graduation, but most of their general classes such as math, English and other general studies are taken in IUSB classrooms with other IUSB students. The classes directly related to their major usually are held in the Purdue Technology Building on the south side of campus.

Perusich was reluctant to release the names of the students involved since he was unsure what the policy was about violating privacy, but the fact that these students who study on our campus may be involved in the next big breakthrough in technology is enough to make the IUSB campus proud. 

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