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Unions and Associations

Nanotechnologists who work for government agencies may be represented by the American Federation of Government Employees and other unions, which advocate for better pay, benefits, and work conditions. ABET accredits more than 600 postsecondary engineering technology programs. Nanotechnologists also join associations for educational programming and other benefits. They join groups such as ASME and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Some nanotechnologists are members of the American Institute of Physics, Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, and other associations. These organizations provide networking opportunities; continuing education classes; publications; and other resources. Other useful organizations include the International Association of Nanotechnology, Nano Science and Technology Institute, Nanotechnology Industries Association, National Nanotechnology Initiative, and the National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network.

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