Dr. Noureddine Melikechi is a Professor of Physics, the Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, the interim Vice President for research and the Director of the Optical Science Center for Applied Research, all at Delaware State University. He is also a Visiting Professor of Physics at Vassar College, NY. Dr. Melikechi received his Baccalaureate in Mathematics in Algeria, and went on to graduate with a "Diplome d'Etudes Superieures" in Physics from the University of Sciences and Technology of Algiers, Algeria. He then went to on to pursue successfully a Master of Science and then a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Physics from the University of Sussex in England.
Dr. Melikechi has more about 30 years of experience in the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics and the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 10 patents. Dr. Melikechi has worked on laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and on developing sensitive optical techniques for the early detection of cancers. He is a reviewer for many scientific journals, a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Applied Sciences, the Delaware Authority on Radiation Protection, a member of the Governor's STEM council, a member of the scientific board of the Algeria Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies, a member of the steering committee of Idea Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a member of the advisory board of the DE NASA Space Grant and of the National Alliance of NASA's University Research Centers, and from 1998 to 2001, he served as a member of the Delaware Emerging Technology Advisory Committee, DEDO. Dr. Melikechi is the recipient of DSU's Excellence in Research Awards (1998 and 2008), the 2005 SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) Capitol Hill Forum's "Executive Directors Collaboration Award", and the 2010 DSU New Castle Chapter Alumina Award.
Dr. Melikechi is the founder of Applied Optics Center of Delaware, which he led to sustainability. Dr. Melikechi founded also a National Science Foundation Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology: the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications and more recently a NASA University Research Center: the Center for Applied Optics for Space Science. These centers form what is called now: the Optical Science Center for Applied research (OSCAR), (www.oscar.desu.edu).