About the author 
Vatche Sahakian is a professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College  a premier STEM-focused institution located in Southern California. He obtained his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Chicago in 1999. Since then, he has held research positions at Cornell,  Caltech  and Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) in Paris. He specializes in string theory. Sahakian is the author of 20+ scientific publications on the subjects of string theory and cosmology. His research focuses on understanding the small scale structure of space, in a context where both gravitational dynamics and quantum mechanics become important. This realm often involves studying black holes, unravelling exotic dynamics such as non-commutative geometry, and exploring new frameworks that extend the Standard Model of particle physics and standard inflationary cosmology.