NanoCamp Offers Doctoral Students a Look into the Frontiers of Nanomechanical Science

Nanomechanics Inc., Staff
July 25, 2017

Nanomechanics Inc. takes mentoring our next generation of world-class scientists and engineers seriously. Our innovations have helped advance nanoindentation as the technique of choice for measuring the mechanical properties of thin films and other small volumes of materials. Now, we’re laying the groundwork for the success of future innovators.

What is NanoCamp?

We invited 20 hand-picked doctoral students to attend NanoCamp at our headquarters in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During weeklong camp, the students participated in daily sessions that provided lectures in nanoscience theory in the morning and hands-on experience with our testing instruments in the afternoon.

Our goals

“Our goal for NanoCamp is to provide the most curre

nt information to the graduate students working in this field and enable them to engage with pioneers of the industry and ask questions on these topics,” said George Pharr, Ph.D., professor at Texas A&M University. “We also want to provide hands-on experience to lead them into the next generation of nanoscience.”

The experience

“The hands-on experience at NanoCamp has been incredible,” said Ashton Etan, a material science and engineering Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University. “We would not have been able to perform these tests and get this type of experience in the typical classroom setting. This training will assist us with writing our dissertations while doing our Ph.D. research.”

“One thing that has surprised me about nanoindentation is how broad the applications can be,” said Wesley Higgins, a material science and engineering Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University. “It includes everything from testing a NASCAR tire to make better tires for a race to bone samples to help the future of health care.”

About NanoCamp

NanoCamp is funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.  During the weeklong camp, Nanomechanics provides transportation, housing and meals for the attendees. For more information about the 2018 Nanomechanics NanoCamp, visit