Meyya Meyyappan is Chief Scientist for Exploration at the Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Until June 2006, he served as the Director of the Center for Nanotechnology as well as Senior Scientist. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology(IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy(OSTP). The IWGN is responsible for putting together the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE), the Electrochemical Society(ECS)and the California Council of Science and Technology. He is the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology and ASME's Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology. He is currently the President of the IEEE's Nanotechnology Council(2006-2007). For his work and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards including a Presidential Meritorious Award in 2004.
Nanotechnology deals with creation of useful materials, devices and systems of any practical size by manipulating matter at the nanoscale and by taking advantage of novel and interesting properties which arise solely because of the nanoscale.
This tiny technology is a broad, enabling technology with expected impact on every aspect of the economic spectrum: materials and manufacturing, electronics and computing, health and medicine, energy, environment, transportation, national security etc.
There is a tremendous excitement across the world about this technology of the 21st century.
This talk will provide an overview of nanotechnology, what we can expect in the near, medium and long term and what it means to the society.