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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

March 19, 2015 | PFC | People News

Paul Julienne awarded William F. Meggers Award

The OSA announced JQI Fellow and NIST scientist Paul Julienne as the 2015 William F. Meggers Award recipient. The William F. Meggers Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy. According to the citation, Julienne is being recognized for "seminal contributions to precision photoassociation and magnetic-Feshbach spectroscopy of ultracold atoms, and the application of these techniques to the formation of cold polar molecules." 

March 3, 2015 | People News

Exploring Quantum Physics IV

“Exploring Quantum Physics" (EQP) a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera, begins its fourth edition on March 30, 2015. The link is:

February 23, 2015 | People News

JQI Fellows Manucharyan and Hafezi awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Two JQI Fellows, Mohammad Hafezi and Vladimir Manucharyan, are among the four University of Maryland faculty members that have been awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships. 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.

UMD’s 2015 Sloan Research Fellows are:

February 5, 2015 | PFC | People News

Vladimir Manucharyan Receives CAREER Award

JQI Fellow and Assistant Professor of physics Vladimir Manucharyan has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His proposal, entitled “Realizing the ultrastrong coupling regime of quantum electrodynamics using high-impedance Josephson superconducting circuits,” will receive five years of funding. NSF funds research in science and engineering through grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

For more information on NSF Awards visit:

January 8, 2015 | Outreach | People News

Topology in Condensed Matter: Tying Quantum Knots

Jay Sau and colleagues will be teaching a new online course on topology in Condensed Matter. The course will start February 2015--visit to sign up! The course is a collaboration of researchers from UMD, TUDelft and QuTech.

December 3, 2014 | People News

Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

JQI Fellows Christopher Monroe and Victor Yakovenko, were recognized as mentors of the high-achieving students Geoffrey Ji and Zachary Siegel (respectively), who were named the 2014-2015 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars. Ji currently works ion trap quantum information in Monroe's group and Siegel works on ultracold atomic gases with Trey Porto.

November 14, 2014 | People News

Three JQI Fellows Win APS Awards

Three Fellows of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a joint research partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have won major awards from the American Physical Society, the nation’s largest professional organization of physicists. The scientists are Ian Spielman and Gretchen Campbell of NIST, and Christopher Monroe of UMD, each honored in a different category.

October 23, 2014 | People News

Clark School names Edo Waks as Junior Faculty Research Award recipient

JQI fellow Edo Waks (IREAP, JQI and ECE) was selected as the winner of the Clark School Junior Faculty Research Award. The award recognizes an exceptional young faculty member (at or below the associate professor rank) for exemplary quality and impact of research.

Waks research group focuses on nanophotonics with quantum dots. For more information, visit his group site.

July 31, 2014 | People News

Two JQI undergraduates honored for their thesis work

Ike Uchenna Chukwu and Burkley Patterson were recently both named recipients of the 2014 IPST Monroe Martin Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics. 

Burkley's work was titled "Construction and Experiments with a Cavity QED system." He will be continuing his work, now as a graduate student, in Luis Orozco's Cavity QED experiment, which is supported by NSF.

July 10, 2014 | People News

Steve Rolston Named Recipient of Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award

Steve Rolston has been choosen as the recipient of the Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award for 2014. The prestigious award recognizes a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to the quality of undergraduate education at the university.


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