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Clemson creates fiber-optics lab

Staff Report
Published Dec. 3, 2012

Clemson University’s Advanced Materials Research Laboratory is expanding to include a fiber-optics research space.

OFS Laboratories partnered with Clemson’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, or COMSET, to create a fiber-optics research space. The area will be known as the OFS Laboratories Optics Industry Lab.

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COMSET enables faculty to collaborate in developing advanced materials, devices and systems that generate, transmit, manipulate and use light.

Fiber-optics technology makes use of glass or plastic fiber designed to guide light along its length. A wide range of sectors use it, including telecommunications, medical care, the military, energy, heat sensors and light fixtures, among others.

“It’s an industry with tremendous growth potential for our region,” COMSET Director John Ballato previously said. “The expanding market for optical fiber and other photonics-related technologies offers numerous possibilities for new high-paying and homegrown jobs.”

The OFS Laboratories gift enables COMSET to further its mission of teaching and research, Ballato said in a news release.

“COMSET’s Industrial Partners Program recognizes our most generous industrial partners as their investments help sustain our innovation and workforce development activities,” Ballato said. “We are especially grateful to OFS Laboratories as an inaugural industrial partner and recognize their commitment to our vision through this naming.”

OFS is a designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical-fiber cable, connectivity and specialty photonics solutions. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Formed in 2000, COMSET is an interdisciplinary unit of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science.