Wednesday, February 28, 2024

National science foundation chooses local community college for unique product development

The National Science Foundation is furthering research on advanced thermal imaging technology and has chosen CFCC to develop a portable device for thermal imaging. (Courtesy CFCC)

WILMINGTON — A grant to further innovative laboratory technologies has been awarded to Cape Fear Community College.

The National Science Foundation is researching an advanced thermal imaging technology and has chosen CFCC, along with Chicago-Harold Washington College and Arizona Western College, to develop a portable device that efficiently utilizes thermal imaging. 

The total grant was $1.4 million to be divided among multiple recipients, according to CFCC.

The devices will be integrated into classroom laboratories, where they will be used to aid in general chemistry and organic chemistry courses and provide helpful visuals of chemical and physical changes.

Tracy Holbrook, chemical technical program director at CFCC, is one of three co-leaders of this research. 

“By pioneering the use of thermal imaging technology in our classroom, we’re not just teaching science; we’re shaping the future of how students engage with it,” he said in a press release. “This collaborative effort reinforces our program’s commitment to providing an innovative and impactful learning experience.”

The developed products will be extended to five additional community colleges for testing. Cost-effectiveness, portability and seamlessness are all goals of the thermal imaging products.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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