People \\ 2010 Program Participant
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Kirby Smithe - NanoJapan 2010
University of Tulsa

Major/s: Physics and Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2013
NJ Research Lab: Keio University, Prof. Itoh

Why NanoJapan?
Nanotechnology is the science of tomorrow. But even today, nanotechnology can be applied to fields ranging from medicine to material engineering. And nanotechnology may be infinitesimally small, but with continued research it has virtually infinite possibilities. The NanoJapan program fosters cooperation between the United States and Japan, which will not only lead to an accelerated pace in research for the development of new applications, but will also allow new researchers such as myself to discover an entirely new world while simultaneously getting direct exposure to modern research techniques. NanoJapan will make a great foundation for any student pursuing an academic and professional career in research.

Personally, the aspects I look forward to most are the food, the music, and the research equipment. As a lover of seafood, I enjoy Japanese cuisine, and being a percussionist, I look forward to playing a taiko drum as well as hearing other unique instruments and traditional Japanese music. I am also excited to use a different type of instrument, a scanning tunneling microscope, to manipulate nanoscopic structures into something useful. Specifically, I am eager for the development of nanostructures that will allow for quantum computing, and I am excited to particpiate in such research. I know the NanoJapan program will open both cultural and scientific doors for me and for the developing field of nanotechnology itself.

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