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Waks, Edo

Waks, Edo

Associate Director & Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Joint Quantum Institute
Quantum Technology Center
Physics
Brain and Behavior Institute
2132 Kim Engineering Building

EDUCATION

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

BACKGROUND

Edo Waks received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University while working with Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the area of quantum optics and quantum information. After graduating, he became a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, working with Professor Jelena Vuckovic in the Ginzton Laboratory on nanophotonic implementations of quantum information processing, before joining the ECE Department as assistant professor for the Fall 2006 semester. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the Electrical Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Waks is an National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, at Stanford. He won the Department of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award sponsored by the Army Research and Development Activity, which funded his postdoctoral research. He received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999), and the William Huggins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer and Electrical Engineering, from Johns Hopkins University (1995).

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
  • DURIP Award for Research Instrumentation
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • NSF Career Award
  • Department of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award sponsored by the Army Research and Development Activity
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999)
  • William Huggins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer and Electrical Engineering, from Johns Hopkins University (1995).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • APS Fellow
  • NSF Fellow
  • Tau Beta Pi

Google Scholar

  • Application of photonic crystals to quantum information processing
  • Use of photonic crystals for practical tools in optical telecommunication and sensing

UMD Wins $5M Phase 2 NSF Convergence Accelerator Award

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UMD joins NSF-funded revolutionary $25M center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies

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

UMD Invests Over $10M in Research Equipment to Drive Discovery, Innovation

The University of Maryland (UMD) is making a major investment to obtain the most technologically advanced equipment on the College Park campus for application across a broad range of research areas, from neuroimaging to next-generation quantum materials.

Three Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD).

UMD to Lead $1M NSF Project to Develop a Quantum Network to Interconnect Quantum Computers

The aim of this project, being supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, will be to enable trapped ion quantum computers to communicate over the internet.

Waks Leads NSF Quantum Photonic Processors Project

The program objective is to create a semiconductor chip that can implement quantum error correcting codes using light.

Waks Awarded NSF Grant to Study Quantum Noise-Canceling Techniques

The research program ultimately aims to develop scalable semiconductor-based quantum technology, which could enable exponentially faster quantum computers and quantum communication networks operating at unprecedented speeds.

NSF Awards $2M Grant to UMD-led Team to Develop Quantum-based Machine Learning Algorithms and Hardware

The researchers received the grant as part of the NSF’s Quantum Leap Initiative. 

Partnering for Quantum Leaps

For many UMD researchers, partnering with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is key.

ECE Names 2018-2019 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Three electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2018-19.

Optical Society of America (OSA)

American Physical Society (APS)