Stephan Haas is a theoretical physicist interested in quantum phenomena such as superconductivity and antiferromagnetism. A native of Berlin, he came to the USA as a graduate student where he obtained his PhD at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After three years of postdoctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he joined the USC faculty in 1998. His current research centers around topics of nanoscience, quantum information theory and quantum glassy phases. His research group is one of the main users of USC's 2000+ node high-performance supercomputer cluster.
Stephan enjoys teaching physics at all levels, ranging from undergraduate "physics appreciation" classes without mathematics to advanced graduate courses on condensed matter and computational physics. His current contributions to the CET include one-on-one coaching of junior faculty and collaboration with the center's undergraduate fellows. He also serves the director of graduate studies for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music of the baroque and renaissance.