Michael Lee Silver, B.S. 2009

Patent Engineer/Technical Specialisit, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP – Chicago, IL

2009 Major: Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering

How has being a Physics graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"My background in physics has made me high demand in the fields of optical engineering, photonics, and quantum communications. Right after undergrad I worked at a private engineering firm as a photonics engineer where I built components for quantum communication systems. I continued along that path for a decade and conducted my PhD dissertation and research in the field of quantum systems and quantum communications. I now work in patent prosecution at a law firm and continue to use my physics knowledge heavily in a wide variety of technologies include radiative medical devices, imaging, particle physics, quantum electronicis, etc."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Physics programs? 

"The physics program at Duke provides more lab experience than other programs might, which prepares you for practical lab work and experimentation in other labs and professional settings. The professors are passionate about their research so please engage them in office hours and ask about their labs. The faculty and science happening at Duke is truly unique. Take advantage of these opportunities and resources! They are magnificent!"

Michael Lee Silver, PhD