To maximize the vast potential of carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology, cooperation between the two countries at the forefront of the nanoscale revolution will be essential. NanoJapan works toward this very goal by introducing American science and engineering students to both Japanese culture and Japanese scientific practices, in a cutting-edge research environment. By working with pioneers in the field of nanotechnology on the very latest developments and issues, students will learn the types of bicultural skills that will soon become necessary in a world where scientific progress is becoming increasingly globally interdependent. At the same time, students are able to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience in a country with a unique and fascinating identity.
Through this program, I hope to expand my own research skills and knowledge, while gaining a level of appreciation of this intriguing culture that simply cannot be attained in the United States. By learning to understand and appreciate the Japanese culture, I will also be able to develop a much better idea of how that culture affects the modern Japanese research environment and way of business. I am also unbelievably excited about the prospect of exploring and traveling around a place so foreign and yet so unique, and I cannot wait for the many memorable experiences that I am sure this summer will hold.
Barney Cruz Presents at the 2009 RQI Summer Research Colloquium
Barney Cruz gave a poster presentation on Terahertz Spectroscopy of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes at the 2009 RQI Summer Research Colloquium. To view his poster and abstract click here.