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New Optics Research Possibilities for Del. State Students

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University officials unveil new Optical Science Center for Applied Research with grand tour. (Photo: WBOC) University officials unveil new Optical Science Center for Applied Research with grand tour. (Photo: WBOC)
Del. State University student gives scientific demonstrations to visitors at grand opening of Optical Science Center for Applied Research on Sept. 25. (Photo: WBOC) Del. State University student gives scientific demonstrations to visitors at grand opening of Optical Science Center for Applied Research on Sept. 25. (Photo: WBOC)
Delaware Governor Jack Markell and OSCAR center Executive Director Dr. Noureddine Melikechi talk in one of the state-of-the-art labs. (Photo: WBOC) Delaware Governor Jack Markell and OSCAR center Executive Director Dr. Noureddine Melikechi talk in one of the state-of-the-art labs. (Photo: WBOC)
Sign for Delaware State University's new Optical Science Center for Applied Research. (Photo: WBOC) Sign for Delaware State University's new Optical Science Center for Applied Research. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State University's new optical science research building opens new doors for the institution's science and engineering students.

The glass prism-shaped Optical Science Center for Applied Research, or OSCAR, was officially dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 25 and grounds tour attended by Gov. Jack Markell, university officials and scientists.

Several DSU students and professors gave scientific demonstrations to Markell on the tour using the OSCAR center's cutting-edge technology.

The OSCAR center's Executive Director Dr. Noureddine Melikechi said the building's modern design represents the direction in which DSU is headed.

"The reason it looks like this," said Dr. Melikechi, "one it saves energy, two it reminds you of optics. Prisms is [an] important optical element. And three its unique and I think that it shows that we are about the future."

The $18-million 28,000sqft. optics lab is specifically designed for optics research in such a way that students and professors can accurately use advanced laser technology.

Zaki Harris, a junior at DSU studying engineering physics, said the new OSCAR center allows him to work more efficiently on his projects.

"I feel like since we have actual labs, more labs than we did in the old science center," said Harris, "we'll be able to do a lot more experiments at once. It'll work more efficiently for everyone."

The OSCAR center features 12 laboratories, 26 offices, an imaging suite as well as seminar rooms.

As funding comes in, a second identical research center will be built adjacent to the existing building to complete the optical design.

Once both buildings are complete, they will be part of the Delaware Institute for Science and Technology. 

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