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Joining forces for nanotech research

MIT and Tecnológico de Monterrey are cooperating on research at the frontier of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The agreement sets the stage for increasing long-term cooperation and collaboration between the two universities.

An initial academic programme will enable undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty from Tecnológico de Monterrey to visit the MIT campus, where they will be embedded in labs and centers alongside MIT faculty and students.

Importance to the world
The participants will gain direct experience in disciplines and topics that match their interests. The programme may change or expand its focus after five years.

“The goal for the first five years is to provide students and scholars from Tecnológico de Monterrey with a world-class research experience in nanoscience and nanotechnology and to accelerate research programmes of critical importance to Mexico and the world,” says Jesús del Álamo, the Donner Professor of Electrical Engineering, who will coordinate the program at MIT.

On broad front
“And because faculty hosts of participants in the initial program will be recruited from any MIT academic department with relevant activities, we will be able to accommodate interests in nanoscale research over a very broad intellectual front.”

Tecnológico de Monterrey, an associate member of ECIU, is one of the largest universities in Latin America. It comprises nearly 100,000 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students; 31 campuses in Mexico; and 19 international locations and branches in the Americas, Europe, and Japan. 

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(Left to right): Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States; Tecnológico de Monterrey President Salvador Alva; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and José Antonio Fernandez Carbajal, the chairman of the board of trustees at Tecnológico de Monterrey.

(Left to right): Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States; Tecnológico de Monterrey President Salvador Alva; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; and José Antonio Fernandez Carbajal, the chairman of the board of trustees at Tecnológico de Monterrey. (Photo: Dominick Reuter)