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Artist's rendering of the north-side view of the proposed new Applied Optics Building

Delaware State University Applied Optics Building On September 25th, with the Governor and other state officials on hand, DSU's president, Board of Trustees, and administrators hosted the long-anticipated dedication of the OSCAR Building.   In 2012, Governor Jack Markell officiated over a groundbreaking ceremony at Delaware State University, that paved the way for beginning construction of Delaware State University's newest building slated to come to the campus: the OSCAR (Optical Science Center for Applied Research) Building. Read article here. Construction began in Winter 2013 for the first of two (2) connected buildings. Now this state-of-the-art facility serves as the new site of OSCAR - housing laboratories, offices, meeting space, and space dedicated to serve as hubs of innovation for collaboration with industry. Read more about the Optics Building opening here. Multiple views of external building design: Learn how to give to the building fund. (Designate the "Optics bldg fund" in your memo line.) Learn more about OSCAR and current research projects in Optics.   Back to the College Home Page       © Copyright 2015 Delaware State University CMNST  

Kent County Science Fair 2014

3rd Annual Kent County Science Fair on the campus of    Co-sponsored by State of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware  (Click photo to view more)          For more information, or to inform us that you would like to participate, please contact Jacquelyn Jones at or 302-857-6650.   Sponsored by: Senator Chris Coons’ Office, Delaware State University (DSU), Delaware Technical & Community College (Terry Campus), Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) and the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR)  at DSU     

Delaware is serious about S.T.E.M.

View the articles below to find out more great information about  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) in Delaware:

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Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research (OSCAR)

CMNST Optical Science Research Imaging Center


Normal Imaging Center hours:

Monday  through Friday

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.




Fax:  302-857-7482
Alt. Phone:  302-857-6659


The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology is home to the Optical Science Research Imaging Center. This facility, located in Rm 237 of the Luna I. Mishoe Science Center, was initially founded with funding from the National Science Foundation in 2005 and has developed multiple capabilities to accommodate qualitative and quantitative spectroscopy and Imaging research. The goals of the Optical Science Research Imaging Center are to create an integrated research and education environment for researchers and students; to support and motivate cross-disciplinary research among scientists from different DSU and non-DSU STEM departments; and to provide access to companies and external users to state-of-the-art instruments and expertise for imaging and analysis of complex samples. A modest-sized operation, The Optical Science Research Imaging Center offers a quick turn-around time and a reasonably discounted rate. For specific imaging requirements or questions about our capabilities, contact us. Back to the College Home Page

Imaging Homepage

Imaging equipment

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State-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopic equipment on a fee-based service;

Providing training to student researchers on use and application of quantitative imaging and laser spectroscopy techniques and analysis;

Development of novel optical technologies in collaboration with OSCAR research groups.

Professional Activities and Scholarly Services


  1. Middle State Commission on Higher Education
  2. National Science Foundation Proposal Reviewer/Panelist
  3. Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, Elsevier Publications, UK
  4. Thin Solid Films, Elsevier Publications, UK
  5. Infrared Physics and Technology, Elsevier Publications, UK
  6. International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
  7. Journal of IET Circuits, Devices and Systems

Professional Society Memberships

Laboratory for Optical Sensing and Energy Conversion

Current Research

1. Uncooled Infrared Detectors

2. Electroporation Chips for Drug-Delivery and Genomics

3. Pathogen Detection



Graduate Students

1. Nicholas Calvano, PhD. in Optics


Courses Taught at Delaware State University

1. ENGR 210 - Combinational Logic Design

2. ENGR 211 - Sequential Logic Design

3. ENGR 340 - Solid State Electronics

4. PHYS 444 - Special Topics (Power System Analysis)

5. ENGR 309 - Electronic Circuit Analysis

6. ENGR 205 - Electrical Circuit Analysis

7. ENGR 403 - Introduction to MEMS

Useful Links

1. ETAP Power Analysis Software



Dr. Mukti M. Rana
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Engineering and
Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR)
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Phone: 302-857-6588
Fax: 302-857-7482



Journal, Conference and Technical Papers

23. “In-situ moisture content measurement of fresh municipal solid waste by Wenner resistivity method”, Sams S. Farhana, Jebari S. Weekes, Noureddine Melikechi, Sahadat Hossain, Daniel A. Fluman and Mukti M. Rana; Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, volume 42, no 3, August, 2016.


Dr. Mukti Rana is an Associate Professor and Department chair for Physics and Engineering Department at Delaware State University.

Research Fundings

Active Grants

1. "Acquisition of a Photomask Aligner for Design and Fabrication of Uncooled Thermal Detectors for Research and Education Training of Students at Delaware State University", US Department of Defense, Award Period: 09/2017-08/2019, $214,600, Role: PI.

2. "Establishment of NASA-MIRO Optics for Space Technology & Applied Research Center (O*STAR Center) at Delaware State University", NASA, Award Period: 09/2015-08/2020, $5 Million, Role: PI.