Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Stephen C. Rand, Professor at the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Interested in light for as long as he can remember, Dr. Rand decided to satisfy his curiosity by pursuing physics. He proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in 1972 and both a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1978, and to complete a world trade postdoctoral fellowship IBM in California. He found that he really enjoyed his studies, especially in nonlinear optics and spectroscopy, so he took up positions as a research associate in the Department of Physics at Stanford University and as a member of the technology staff at HRL Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Rand then joined the staff of the University of Michigan as an associate professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science in 1987, and was promoted to professor in 1997. He remains in that role to this day. Since 2014, he has also served the school as the director of the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics.
When Dr. Rand isn’t teaching, he is using his skills to help out in his community. He has contributed more than 300 articles to scientific publications, authored numerous books, acquired 14 patents, and was previously the feature editor and the topical editor for The Optical Society. Other notable positions include distinguished speaker of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, invited instructor of VII Escola Jorge André Swieca de Óptica Quântica e Não Linear in Brazil, visiting professor of Collège de France and École Normale Supérieure, senior visiting fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Oxford, and invited professor of Laboratoire de Spectrométrie Physique at CNRS and Université Grenoble Alpes. Additionally, he held an honorary professorship at Amity University in India, an Eskrine fellowship at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, a fellowship at The Optical Society, and a senior Fulbright fellowship at École Normale Supérieure in France.
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