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uOttawa to Build $55 Million Photonics Centre

28 FEB 2012
Topic : Education News

The University of Ontario will soon break ground on a new five-storey, $55 million building for advanced  advanced photonics and environmental assessment. According to the Ottawa Business Journal, the facility, which will be located on King Edward Avenue, is expected be ready for use by the end of 2013.

School president Allan Rock (which is a great name, by the way), recently attended “The Mayor’s Breakfast Series“, an Ottawa-based forum that discusses city issues. He reportedly told those in attendance that he hopes this new, rather expensive facility, can attract students and researchers from around the world. All this comes amid a number of other school plans and developments, including:

  • a soon to be launched brain and mind institute, which will work with area hospitals;
  • a merger of sorts between the existing Centre for International Policy Studies and the School of Public and International Affairs (forming “the School of Government”.

In case you’re not sure, photonics is the study of light across a number of fields (including generation, emission, transmission, modulations and much more). Essentially, it covers all the technical applications of light over the whole spectrum. A facility dedicated solely to this sort of research opens up numerous opportunities for the university (and on the city, which stands to benefit greatly), and may see it play a role in the development of information transmission tools and technology, security systems, lasers and health care processes and equipment (particularly in spotting early signs of cancer in human blood).

This field is already something of a growing industry in the nation’s capital, as seen from this news report:

What are your thoughts on this new facility?