A planetarium of Elizabeth City State University is named after Bangladeshi born physics professor Dr. Sultana A. Khan (Bengali: অধ্যাপক সুলতানা আহমেদ খান).She was a long-time director of the institute, a physics professor and recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, has been the facility’s director since its inception in 1990.
Dr. Ali Khan, provost and vice-chancellor of the ECSU Division of Academic Affairs, is her husband and their son, Dr. Ahmed Khan, is a physician.
The ceremony was happened 33 years of her employment for Dr. Khan at ECSU in 8th January 2014 (Tuesday) in the presence of Akramul kader, diplomat of Bangladesh, Dr. Wilie J. Gilchrist, Chancellor of the university, Bishop arnest R. Sutton, member of trusty board, Dr. Gimie R. Genkinsong, President of Living stone college, and many other .
Sultana ahmed khan was joined in this university in 1978 as a professor. She had played a special role in making this planetarium in 1990. She is the director of this planetarium. She researched with a focus on metal-insulator transitions and solar energy research with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her teaching interests include electricity and magnetism, astronomy, optics, thermodynamics, modern physics, mechanics and mathematical methods of physics.
This is noteworthy that the planetarium opened on 23rd January, 1990, with a visit from then-Gov. James G. Martin. At that time, the planetarium consisted of a 30-foot dome with a Uni-directional classroom seating 54 and a SPITZ 512 star projector. The planetarium has grown and currently is equipped with 60 uniquely designed planetarium chairs, more than 40 automated mechanical projectors and a collection of advanced audio-visual equipment, three screens of full-motion video from DVD, laser disc or VHS and a professional theater-quality sound system
Dr. Sultana A. Khan was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1970 and her master’s in physics in 1972 from the University of Dhaka. She completed her doctorate in physics from the University of Scientific & Medical of Grenoble in France in 1977. She arrived at ECSU in 1978 and recently retired.
After the ceremony, ECSU Chancellor Willie J. Gilchrist assisted Dr. Sultana A. Khan in the unveiling of her portrait which is hanging in the lobby outside of the planetarium.
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