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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

University of New Mexico

SCME at University of New Mexico, a NSF ATE Regional Center

NVC’s Nanotechnology Program students have the opportunity to attend micro-pressure sensor workshops offered by the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) and the University of New Mexico. Students learn about pressure sensors and utilize hands-on training to build a micro-pressure sensor in an actual fabrication cleanroom. The workshop includes:

  • 8 hours of cleanroom safety training and safety certification
  • 10 hours of classroom instruction on a pressure sensor and its manufacturing process
  • 19 hours of processing in the UNM cleanroom

Participants take home a kit with processing information and samples demonstrating the stages of the pressure sensor from each process step and are awarded a professional certificate of completion.


Here are some of the quotes on what our students said after the great exciting invaluable hands-on experience!!! 

“… This trip was one of the coolest trips I have ever been on, I got to learn so many interesting things it really surprised me, it was really cool.”

“…I was delighted to be able to attend the workshop held in Albuquerque last week.  It turned out to be an invaluable experience.  Clean room safety was thoroughly addressed.  The basics of photolithography and etching were covered in the classroom, and through practice.  A great big thanks goes out on my part towards any and all who made this experience possible.”

“... Actually being able to work hands on doing the processes involved in the fabrication of the pressure sensors helped me understand many of the process involved in nanotechnology that were mention in the class Nanotechnology Materials. The instructors were very knowledgeable in their field and shared their knowledge extensively. With their experience, they were able to give us much insight into how these processes are accomplished in major manufacturing companies such as Intel...Through the workshop we were able to learn and become familiar with a lot more than we would have been able to learn in just a classroom environment.”

“…So going into the quiz we were well prepared in safety procedures for the clean room activities.  Once we passed the Test with an “80” or higher we were allowed to access the clean room. On the first day we entered the lab everything seemed amazing!! So much information and so many things that we didn’t know how to do at first in making pressure sensors. In every experience in the clean room we were given hands on experience with a lecture, and teacher guides to help us if we had any problem or question. I really learned a lot and the experience was well worth the week away. Everything was so organized and well thought out, all the way down to renting the cars, and getting reservations for the hotels. Everything was great and I really appreciate our teacher for giving us the opportunity to attend something like this. With all the information I attend after the workshop I recommend it to everybody interested in nanotechnology.”

“…The overall experience in the clean room was great one. I’m truly great full to all parties involved in this trip. The hands-on experience is the best way for me to learn. Thanks.”

“… This trip to UNM was an eye opening experience for me, as well as everyone else that took part in the field trip. I remember in my introduction to nanotechnology class reading about semiconductors and doing energy band gap calculations. As well as reading about MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) and wondering what it all means in the real world. I started at Northwest Vista College going towards a biology degree and after introduction to nanotechnology my interest quickly changed because of the need for people in this degree plan. Nanotechnology is an emerging discipline with an emphasis on multidisciplinary science and not many schools have a degree plan for this. It is kind of hard to imagine the capabilities of the discipline without having a lab or a set in stone degree plan for further education.
            Before heading to UNM my confidence was a little bit low because I had never been to a workshop for anything science related. This semesters class in Nanotechnology Instruments and Techniques has been mostly hands on experiences with the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) and the AFM (atomic Force Microscopy). I now understand more where and what the emphasis of this degree plan strives for. It’s all about making novel things more efficient, stronger, cheaper, and better for the environment. I have heard that a rich person was one with knowledge, happiness, and his health. This experience added a wealth of knowledge to my degree plan and an aspiring Nanoscientist. The UNM lab couldn't have setup a more organized program everything went smoothly and I didn't notice any errors. I enjoyed being one of the first “guinea pigs students” to go through this program and am grateful for the experience given after all “experience is everything”. (Paco Alfgreen)”

Program Coordinator

Bharathi (Barti) Subramaniasiva, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Phone: (210) 486-4773
Office: MLH-201

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: (210) 486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Shierly Rivera
Administrative Associate
Phone: (210) 486-4354
Office: MLH-201

Heather McCreery
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: (210) 486-4360
Office: MLH-201A