This report provides commercialization timelines, driving forces and constraints, industry trends and projectors, and expert opinion and analysis on the emerging nanotechnology sector. The exact nature and size of potential nanotech markets are unclear at this time. However, there is little doubt that these new technologies promise almost unlimited business and associated employment opportunities. Moreover, these opportunities could expand very rapidly, if technical breakthroughs, now envisioned are, indeed, realized. Although community and technical college deans and other instructional officers should not over-react to these possibilities, the colleges should be alert to the impact that advances in nanotechnology may have on current programs, such as those involving semiconductor manufacturing. This report examines trends and opportunities across four classifications of nanotechnology: instrumentation, tools, and computer simulation; nanomaterials; electronics, information technology, optical applications; and life sciences.
The market for mobile software applications is exploding due to the rapid rise of smartphones and tablets. The popularity of these new products creates an acute demand for development talent but there are few college programs that provide opportunities for learners to develop these new competencies. This forecast offers seven recommendations for colleges interested in expanding training opportunities in mobile app development.
The events of September 11, 2001 brought immediate attention to the challenges of internal security in the United States. The realization of these challenges resulted in a number of actions by federal, state, and local governments, including the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).