Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Lab Equipment Donated to ECU Department of Physics

March 16, 2017

By Lacey L. Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences


East Carolina University’s Department of Physics, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of more than 200 pieces of lab equipment.

The research-grade optics and biomedical equipment, valued at more than $35,000, was donated to the department by Optosonics, Inc., a biomedical engineering company that relocated to North Carolina from Indianapolis. Recently, the company was sold to a Japanese firm, and the equipment was donated to ECU.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation to the Department of Physics. Our faculty are thrilled to receive this optics equipment,” said Jeff Shinpaugh, chair of the physics department. “If we had to buy this equipment new, it would easily cost twice the valued amount.”

In addition to being a valuable addition to the physics biomedical research laboratories, the department plans to implement a new optics laboratory into its senior-level optics course in fall 2017.

“The new equipment and laboratory will have a major impact by providing invaluable hands-on training for the students,” said Shinpaugh.

Christopher Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the ECU Foundation, said, “It’s always great to acquire needed equipment to advance research and teaching.”

A few of the pieces of equipment gifted to the physics department include an optics table, oscilloscope and a research-grade laboratory oven.