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William Renninger

  • Associate Professor of Optics
  • Associate Professor of Physics

PhD in Applied Physics, Cornell, 2012

214 Wilmot
(585) 276-3709



 William Renninger received his BS and PhD degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University. After his PhD, he was a postdoctoral research associaate in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University. He has since joined the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester as an assistant professor. He is also an assistant professor in the Physics Department.

Research Overview

Assistant Professor William Renninger studies experimental light-matter interactions.  His group focuses on ultrafast nonlinear optics and pulsed lasers for applications including imaging deep into the brain.  They also investigate the coherent interactions between photons and phonons for applications such as quantum computing, high-speed networking, and dark matter detection.