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Waks, Edo

Dr. Edo Waks
Professor
ECE/IREAP
1202H, IREAP Building
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301.405.5022
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Research Interests 

  • application of photonic crystals to quantum information processing
  • use of photonic crystals for practical tools in optical telecommunication and sensing.

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 a 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).

Education 

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

Honors and Awards 

  • APS Fellow (2017)
  • DURIP Award for Research Instrumentation
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2010)
  • NSF Career Award (2009)
  • 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 

NSF Fellow
Tau Beta Pi

Related News 

UMD researchers awarded $1M NSF grant to develop new methods to generate single photons for quantum research
The project could enable new advanced quantum research and technology. September 26, 2018

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens the door for photon-based computing
UMD researchers have demonstrated the first single-photon transistor using a semiconductor chip. July 5, 2018

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. May 3, 2018

ECE and MSE Researchers' Work Featured on Cover of Advanced Optical Materials
Active control of light makes new semiconductor devices. April 19, 2018

Four Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants
DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense. April 13, 2018

New hole-punched crystal clears a path for quantum light

Photonic chip guides single photons, even when there are bends in the road. 
February 12, 2018

Waks Named 2017 APS Fellow
Prof. Waks joins top silver of physics society’s membership. October 12, 2017

Team of Researchers from UMD, Duke, and Stanford Awarded $2 Million Dollar EFRI Grant to Study Quantum Communication Networks
In this project, the researchers will engineer silicon-chip traps and integrated photonic circuits to provide the core hardware for a scalable and efficient quantum communication network.  August 16, 2017

Clark School Researchers Represented on Four 2017 MURI Awards
UMD is one of the top universities represented among the highly competitive grants awarded this year. May 1, 2017

Waks, Chellappa, Milchberg and Sprangle Participate in Different Department of Defense MURI Projects
Research teams at UMD receive grants for multidisciplinary research initiatives. April 25, 2017