Chris Phare

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Phare is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and a Staff Associate at Columbia University. He conducts research on silicon photonics, which attempts to miniaturize lasers and optical components to the size of computer chips, and on the optical properties of graphene, a single atom-thick sheet of carbon. Both technologies promise to advance high-performance computing and create a faster internet.

Outside of the laboratory, Phare leads outreach activities including science demonstrations in area middle schools and science fairs to get young people interested in scientific research.

Phare earned his BA with highest honors in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He holds an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.