Department of Physics and Astronomy
Wayne State University
Steven Rehse is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Wayne State University. He has worked with lasers to perform spectroscopy for the last 20 years. As an undergraduate student he participated in a U.S. Department of Energy “Science and Energy Research Semester” at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he returned after receiving his B.S. to work on a variety of laser-based projects, from diagnostics for nuclear thermal rocket fuel cells to laser-radar systems for the interrogation of smokestack plumes at a distance of over a kilometer. Dr. Rehse then attended Colorado State University from 1995-2002, earning his Ph.D. in the field of atomic, molecular, and optical physics. From 2002-2005, he served a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, performing high accuracy laser wavelength measurements and precision ion spectroscopy. In 2005 he accepted an assistant professorship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he has established a research program to use lasers to identify and perform fundamental measurements on pathogenic bacteria.