President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a $250-million teacher training program aimed at improving math and science education nationwide

The effort, which aims to train more than 10,000 new teachers over five years, is part of the White House’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign – a series of programs and grants designed to address the growing gap between the United States and other countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The NanoBusiness Alliance is delighted that the Obama Administration has made this commitment to tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. I look back over the last 30 years at how Technology has driven our economy. America continues to lead the World in Technology and Innovation and we must invest in our young people to stay competitive. Investment in Education and Technology is an issue we must all agree on for the future of America.

The NanoBusiness Alliance has made a significant commitment to students interested in nanotechnology. Entering our third year, the NanoBusiness Talent Program has been connecting future scientists and high-tech companies by arranging summer internships for high school students at nanotechnology companies. Fellowships are intended for high school students that are completing their junior or senior years and they are named Talent fellows after completing a 9-week program.

The NanoBusiness Alliance has determined that nanotechnology will account for over 10 million jobs worldwide by 2015. Total revenues from products incorporating nanotechnology will reach $2.5 trillion by 2010. The Talent Program contributes to research and innovation in emerging technology as these students move forward in their careers.

The recipients this year included:

  • Abigail Chao – Illinois Math and Science Academy – Advanced Diamond Technologies
  • Kevin Chen – Illinois Math and Science Academy – Ohmx
  • Zachary Epstein – Adlai E. Stevenson High School – NanoIntegris
  • Yifei Huang – Illinois Math and Science Academy – NanoInk
  • Kai-Le Moy – Glenbrook North High School – Questek
  • Michael Pearlman – New Trier High School – Nanosphere
  • Paul Schied – Lyons Township High School – Nanotope
  • Fangzhou (Jimmy) Yu – Adlai E. Stevenson High School – NanoInk

Advocates for engineering who participated in the 2009 program include:

The Talent Program will take place again this summer. Attached is our Winter 2010 Newsletter. For more information on the program or to participate in 2010, please contact Lesley Hamming, Program Director at


Vincent Caprio “It’s Green, It’s Clean, It’s Never Seen – That’s Nanotechnology”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Alliance