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Walsworth, Ronald

Walsworth, Ronald

Minta Martin Professor
Founding Director, Quantum Technology Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Quantum Technology Center
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Joint Quantum Institute
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
2218 Kim Engineering Building

Ronald Walsworth leads an interdisciplinary research group with a focus on developing precision measurement tools and then applying them to problems in both the physical and life sciences.  Multiple start-up companies have spun out of the Walsworth lab, with others being planned. He is also a Professor in the UMD Department of Physics and Founding Director of the UMD Quantum Technology Center.


1991: Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University

1984: B.S. in Physics, Duke University

Awards and honors

  • Francis Pipkin Award in Precision Measurements, American Physical Society, 2005
  • ​Distinguished Traveling Lecturer, American Physical Society, 2002-present
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2001
  • Smithsonian Institution Exceptional Service Award, 1993
  • Duke University Faculty Scholar Award, 1984

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