NAIT adds nanotechnology systems to list of TAC-accredited programs

11, Jun, 2020

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is thinking big by going microscopically small with the newest addition to its list of nationally accredited technology programs. The institute’s nanotechnology systems program brings NAIT’s number of nationally accredited programs to 13.

The nanotechnology systems program has now been accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). According to the team of C.E.T.s that performed the audit, the nanotech program is the first of its kind in Canada. 

The program arms students with knowledge across a wide range of disciplines, like electronics and controls, materials science, chemistry and biochemistry. The education expands outside the classroom, allowing students to work in a “clean room” facility.  

This facility, as well as the program’s other lab, gives students the chance to get a practical, hands-on education. According to the page for the program, “[students] gain lab experience and clean room protocols through hands-on sessions in our specialized labs and at partner institutions at the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Research Park.”

The page says that given recent investments in nanotechnology in Alberta, the province could soon be the beating heart of Canada’s nanotechnology industry. 

TAC accreditation means an engineering technology or applied science program has been assessed against and aligned with the national standards of the engineering technology profession. This means that the program in question follows current best practices used in the field and has a stronger connection to the resources within its industry. 


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