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Walsworth, Ronald

Walsworth, Ronald

Founding Director & Minta Martin Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Quantum Technology Center
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Joint Quantum Institute
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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Diamonds Are a Quantum Sensing Scientist’s Best Friend

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The University of Maryland is one of 11 academic institutions that make up the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD).

Gong Lab Publishes Two Papers Related to 2D Quantum Materials Sensors and Receives MII Funding

Prof. Gong and students leverage quantum materials to to detect tiny quantities of airborne molecules.

QTC-MITRE Collaboration Receives Best Paper Award at EDFAS 2020

QTC Researchers collaborate with MITRE and Harvard to present a new method for backside integrated circuit (IC) magnetic field imaging using Quantum Diamond Microscope (QDM) nitrogen vacancy magnetometry.

Quantum Technology Center Adds Three New Fellows

Drs. Joseph Britton, Jonathan Hoffman, and Kevin Cox are joining QTC from the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory.

QTC Awarded $1.5M from the Department of Energy for Research on Quantum Diamond Magnetometers

The project utilizes advancements in quantum sensing with Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) centers in diamond to enable diagnostic capabilities in extreme environments.

Maryland Graduate Engineering Ranked #10 Public in the Nation

From extreme batteries to windows made from wood, Clark School’s trendsetting work ranks it among the country’s Top 10 public engineering schools for the 3rd consecutive year.

Micron-scale NMR Spectroscopy using Diamonds

SABRE-enhanced NV-NMR may become a high-impact tool for biological applications, such as tracking and monitoring of chemical reactions of metabolites in single cells.

QTC, NRL Announce New Partnership to Spur Quantum Innovation

The University of Maryland's Quantum Technology Center (QTC) entered today into an Education Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to identify and pursue opportunities related to quantum technology research.

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