DSU and OSCAR Host First Ever Delaware Optics Symposium
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Delaware State University’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) recently hosted the first-ever Delaware Optics Symposium, bringing together businessmen and scientists from nine companies, several institutions of higher education and three federal agencies.
Held Oct. 8-9 in the MLK Student Center parlors, it was the first time such a symposium took place in the six-state Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia).
DSU optics Ph.D. candidate Harry Burton (left) explains his research poster to an attendee of the symposium
The participants heard cutting-edge presentations on emerging topics in optics as well as the wide-ranging applications of optics in military defense and security, medical diagnostics, biological sciences, energy and environmental science.
“The aim of this symposium was to provide a forum for interaction among scientists engaged in optics-related research in the Mid-Atlantic region,” Dr. Melikechi said. “With this being the first-ever regional symposium, we are looking forward to creating a regional force in optics and photonics that will spur economic development.”