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Noureddine Melikechi

Noureddine Melikechi is an Algerian American atomic, molecular, optical physicist, educator and inventor.

He was born in 1958 in the town of Thenia in Boumerdes, Algeria and has published more than 125 peer reviewed publications, three book chapters, 15 patents, and is a member of the Mars Science Laboratory (NASA’s largest Mars exploration effort). 

Before his rise to fame, Noureddine received his Diplome d’Etudes Superieures in Physics from the University Houari Boumediene of Sciences and Technology and his Doctorate in Philosophy, in Physics from the University of Essex 

Throughout his career, Noureddine received DSU’s President’s Excellence in Research Awards in 1998 and 2008, the 2005 SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) Capitol Hill Forum’s “Executive Directors Collaboration Award,” the 2012 Biotechnology Award and the NASA Group Award for his work on ChemCam.


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