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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina A&T and UNC Greensboro started their Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in 2010. Four years later, Joseph Estevez is proud to say he is a part of the school's first graduating class.

"I think that the school will continue to grow and do things better. The training we get here is exceptional."

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering will hand out its first Ph.D. on May 9. Estevez wants to take his knowledge of nanofibers and use it to make better radiation protection shields for astronauts. Eventually Estevez wants to open his own company in the Piedmont.

"I do see that industries see the potential here,” he said. “This is the future and you want to be on the forefront of that if you are any company."

James Ryan is the Dean of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. He has seen the program grow from 18 students in nanoscience to 39 in nanoscience and 41 students in nanoengineering. Ryan says getting young students excited about math and science will help the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering grow.

"We have various tour groups have come in in order to see what scientist and engineers do every day," he said.