The University of Delaware’s STAR Campus is growing into a center of innovation that blends cutting-edge research, top-notch academics and thriving businesses in one location. STAR Campus provides educational and professional opportunities to students, research and collaborative inquiry to researchers and an educated and technologically savvy workforce to employers. STAR will ignite job and economic growth in Delaware for years to come.
STAR Campus sits atop 272 acres that once housed the Chrysler auto company’s Newark assembly facility. Chrysler’s 3.4 million-square-foot Newark plant was built in 1951 to produce tanks for the U.S. Army. During its years of operation, it manufactured millions of individual automobiles including popular models such as the LeBaron and Concorde, and when fully staffed employed more than 2000 people. The company shuttered the plant in 2008. The following year UD purchased the property and began its transformation.