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JQI and PFC scientists go places. They travel around the world to talk about quantum information. JQI graduate students and postdoctoral scientists move on to other institutions, often expanding quantum research. Read about this and more in People News. To submit items, email

February 24, 2016 | People News

Waks Elevated to Fellow of the Optical Society of America

Professor Edo Waks was named a 2016 fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The OSA Fellow Members Committee and Board of Directors honored Professor Waks specifically for outstanding contributions to optical quantum information processing using quantum dots coupled to nanophotonic devices.

February 23, 2016 | PFC | People News

Jay Deep Sau Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Jay Deep Sau, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Maryland and fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2016. This award, granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, identifies 126 early-career scientists based on their potential to contribute fundamentally significant research to a wider academic community.

February 3, 2016 | People News

Jay Deep Sau Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Jay Deep Sau, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Maryland and fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal titled “Topologically Protected Quantum Devices.” Sau, a theoretical condensed matter physicist interested in applying topological principles to create protected solid-state and cold-atomic systems for quantum information processing, will use the $443,908 award to build a research program focused on predicting phenomena that could help pave the way for to

January 29, 2016 | People News

Sankar Das Sarma included on Thomson Reuter’s 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers

Two researchers from the University of Maryland's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences are included on Thomson Reuter’s 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science.

January 6, 2016 | People News

$31M Grant Targets Quantum Computing’s Error Control Challenge

A team of researchers led by Duke University and the University of Maryland has been tapped by the nation’s “Q Branch” to take quantum computing efforts to the next level using one of the field’s leading technologies—ion traps.

October 30, 2015 | PFC | People News

Sylvain Ravets awarded DIM Nano-K thesis prize

Sylvain Ravets has recently been awarded the DIM Nano-K prize for his thesis “Development of tools for quantum engineering using individual atoms: optical nanofibers and controlled Rydberg interactions.” Awarded annually by C’Nano IdF (a French organization promoting nanoscience research), the prize recognizes him for “research at the interface between nanosciences and cold atoms.” The DIM Nano-K gathers IFRAF (Île-de-France Cold Atom Research Institute) and C’Nano IdF (centre of

July 27, 2015 | PFC | People News

Gretchen Campbell receives IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

JQI Fellow and NIST Scientist Gretchen Campbell has recently been announced as the IUPAP 2015 Young Scientist Prize recipient in the field of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. The organization cited her "outstanding contributions in toroidal Bose-Einstein condensates and its application to "atomtronic" circuits." 

May 26, 2015 | People News

JQI undergraduate honored for thesis work

Michael Kossin, an undergraduate who works with JQI Fellow Luis Orozco, has been awarded an IPST Monroe Martin Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics for his paper, "Production of a Polarizing Millimeter-Wave Fabry-Perot Resonator.” He also earned Departmental High Honors. This summer Kossin will work with Professor Alejandro Garcia at the University of Washington, whose research involves weak interactions in the nucleus. Kossin plans to attend graduate school in 2016. 
May 13, 2015 | People News

Shuo Sun wins Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition

JQI graduate student Shuo Sun has won the Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition at CLEO, held annually in May. Sun's paper was titled "A solid-state spin-photon transistor." According to the website, "This competition was established in 2008 in memory of Theodore Maiman and in acknowledgement of his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics.

May 11, 2015 | People News

JQI Fellow Mohammad Hafezi Receives ONR Young Investigator Award

JQI Fellow Mohammad Hafezi was announced as a recipient of a 2015 ONR Young Investigator award. ONR's website describes the program as being designed to promote the professional development of early-career academic scientists – called investigators, or YIPs – both as researchers and instructors. For awardees, the funding supports laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies.


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