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Developing an E-book and Other Interactive Instructional Materials

for Technician Education in Vacuum Technology






Teaching Rough Vacuum Technology - Hands-On Workshop

NSF-ATE DUE #2000454 Project Professional Development Workshop



Learn how to teach rough vacuum technology using hands-on activities in effective, engaging ways in your classroom!

Join us in Bloomington, MN in 2023 for this on-site hands-on Professional Development Workshop in vacuum technology. At this Workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • review new educational resources developed as part of this NSF New-to-ATE project:
    • technician-level e-book in rough vacuum technology
    • student laboratory manual
    • instructor's guide,
  • get familiarized with rough vacuum systems developed by Normandale Community College and SUNY Erie Community College,
  • access resources and experience to build, run and troubleshoot rough vacuum systems, and finally 
  • have access to ready-to-use hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to add meaningful context for learning about rough vacuum technology in your classroom.

Intended audience for the workshop is community college faculty.   

This professional development workshop includes two linked events

  1. Remote Zoom kick-off meeting with workshop participants:
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 11am-12pm (ET) or
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 3pm-4pm (ET)
  2. On-Site Workshop at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Av S, Bloomington, MN:
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6 pm (CT) – welcome dinner
    • Thursday, June 22, 2023, 8am-5pm (CT) – day long on-site workshop (lunch provided)
    • Friday, June 23, 2023, 8am-1pm (CT) – half-day on-site workshop (lunch provided)
    • Friday, June 23, 2023, 2-3pm (CT) – optional industry site tour
    • Information on hotel accommodations in Bloomington, MN will be provided
    • Stipend will be paid to participants after full completion of the Workshop.

Your Instructors:

  • Nancy Louwagie, Normandale Community College – Vacuum Technology Instructor
  • Elena Brewer, SUNY Erie Community College – Electrical Engineering Technology and Nanotechnology Instructor
  • David Hata, Portland Community College – former Microelectronics Technology Instructor and author of the original Introduction to Vacuum Technology textbook

Join us in Bloomington in 2023!

For more information, contact:


Registration for the workshop will go live in January 2023.

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