Nano Research Facility School of Engineering & Applied Science

SEI Program

SEI Mission at NNIN

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) seeks to develop the social and ethical awareness of the NNIN user community and explore the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Science and engineering have a major impact on society and the nanotechnology research conducted in the NNIN is no exception. Therefore, the NNIN provides training and educational opportunities in social and ethical issues to the NNIN user community, encourages SEI research within the NNIN, and disseminates the results of SEI research throughout the NNIN and to the broader scientific community.

Additional information can be found at the NNIN SEI website:

If you have any questions, please contact NNIN's SEI Coordinator, Dr. Katherine McComas at



The Nano Research Facility (NRF) encourages all NRF/NNIN users to aid the SEI mission of the NNIN by participating in SEI research projects. NRF users can provide valuable insight into social and ethical issues at the forefront of nanotechnology research and may be invited to participate in voluntary surveys and interviews. User contact information is only released to projects that have been approved by the NNIN to be relevant, unburdensome to users, and meet appropriate ethical standards.


If you have any questions, please contact NRF’s SEI Coordinator.

Nanotechnology and Society: Ideas for Education and Public Engagement

NNIN SEI Training Video