Stephen Colby Rand, PhD

stephen rand

Title: Physicist
Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Stephen Colby Rand, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics, research and higher education.

“As a physicist, one of the things that keeps you going is the gratifying moment when there is a discovery,” Dr. Rand says of his professional drive over the last four decades. A patentee in the field and a Fulbright Fellow, he demonstrates an expertise in precision optical spectroscopy, laser physics, nonlinear optics and quantum optics. In his career, he notably developed a diamond laser, which consists of concentrating a flash of light into a laser beam with enough power to cut through steel. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Rand was the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been distinguished as an Erskine fellow of the University of Canterbury, a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the American Optical Society, and a fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Dr. Rand attributes his success to his inquisitiveness. He was inspired at a very young age to enter the field of science after his father gave him his first chemistry set. He continued to learn more about his interests throughout high school and pursued higher education to set him up for success in his career. Dr. Rand holds a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University, as well as a Master of Science and PhD from the University of Toronto. Today, he excels in his role as a professor for the department of physics, applied physics and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. Previously, he served the university as director of the Center for Dynamic Magneto-optics and associate professor for the Division of Applied Sciences. As he looks to the future, Dr. Rand intends to continue saying yes to new opportunities in his field.

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