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Waks, Edo

Waks, Edo

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

 

 

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

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.

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens the door for photon-based computing

UMD researchers have demonstrated the first single-photon transistor using a semiconductor chip.

Three ECE Students Named Outstanding Graduate Assistants

Shahriar, Usman, and Aneesh have been named among the top 2% of campus GAs in a given year.

ECE and MSE Researchers' Work Featured on Cover of Advanced Optical Materials

Active control of light makes new semiconductor devices.

Four Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

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

Optical Society of America (OSA)

American Physical Society (APS)