Steve Blair

Curriculum Vitae

Steve Blair portrait
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Director, Engineering Clinic Program
  • Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Physics And Astronomy, University of Utah



  • Ph.D. 1998, Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado. Project: Dissertation: Optical Soliton-Based Logic Gates
  • M.S. 1996, Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado
  • M.S. 1993, Applied Optics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Project: Thesis: Photochromic Methyl-Violet as a Holographic Medium Advisor: Azad Siahmakoun
  • B.S. 1991, Applied Optics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • B.S. 1991, Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

  • General Chair, "5th Symposium on Photonics, Networking, and Computing," part of the 10th Joint Conference on Information Sciences, July 17-19, 2007, Salt Lake City, UT. 5th Symposium on Photonics, 07/2007
  • Associate Editor. Advances in Optical Technology, 07/2006
  • Co-editor (with Ajay Nahata) of Optics Express focus issue on "Extraordinary light transmission through sub-wavelength structured surfaces," Vol 12, No. 16, 2004. Optics Express, 07/2004
  • CAREER Award. NSF, 07/2002
  • Biomedical research grant for young investigators. Whitaker Foundation, 07/2001
  • Young Investigator Program grant recipient. ARO, 07/2000
  • Elected Senior Member. Optical Society of America, 05/2011


Steve Blair received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, in 1991 and 1993, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1998. Since 1998, he has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and is now a Professor. His research interests include optical neural interfaces, plasmonic materials and devices, single-molecule spectroscopy, and silicon photonics. He also currently serves as Director of the Engineering Clinic Program, a capstone design program that connects students with industrial research projects.

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Europe