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


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

Research Summary

My overall research focuses on the application of optics/photonics to problems in biology and medicine. My current research includes plasmonic antennas for enhancing light matter interactions, real-time DNA and protein microarrays, and neural photonics - using light to effect and/or record neural signals.


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.