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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

The Miracles of Nanotextiles

Week 3: July 19-25, 2015

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Cornell's Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory continually creates extraordinary fiber products—some defying imagination—that touch almost every corner of our lives. New fabrics for clothing regulate our body temperature much more effectively than wicking, promise to stay clean indefinitely, and, if solar powered, may one day charge our iPhones. Surgeons reconnect our skin, our joints, and our organs with materials that will endure more than a century. And miracle textiles hold together not only the suits of astronauts but also the crafts in which they fly at speeds generating terrific heat.

Director of this laboratory of miracles, Juan Hinestroza, whose last class for CAU was a hit, is back by popular demand. He will illuminate these developments for us, demonstrating materials and equipment from the lab, including the 3-D body scanner, and providing an insider's view of the processes and products that are extending this frontier of science.

This program is part of Cornell's Adult University (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and weeklong on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

Juan Hinestroza

Juan P. Hinestroza is an associate professor of fiber science and directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. He holds a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Tulane University and a BS in chemical... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.