Engineering @ nanoscale means designing, manufacturing and controlling systems and components at the level of 10-9 which is a 1/1000th of a micrometer or a microsecond.

The operation of many products and industrial systems already today depends on controlling part of their components at the nanoscale: notable examples are watches, car engines, the cells of the human body, integrated circuits, information storage and communication devices, etc.

Thus, product design @ nanoscale and process engineering @ nanoscale are important steps towards realizing the manufacture, operation and reliability of those systems. It can be shown in many cases that the costs of ownership of a product can be reduced substantially by applying product design @ nanoscale and process engineering @ nanoscale.

Therefore, nanoscale devices and processes are the tools necessary to monitor and modify these systems in a focussed and economic way. The fact that so many everyday products and systems rely on control @ nanoscale ensures that nanotechnology will occupy an important part of our future engineering activities. It can be assumed, that engineering neglecting nanoscale aspects will be limited to a fraction of total engineering activities in the future.

Nanoscale engineers are now and will be increasingly in the future, seizing the opportunity to create a host of new products and services, which we can only begin to imagine.