From an engineering perspective, the unpredictability of quantum mechanics looks look like a nightmare at first. But the last decades have shown that the laws of quantum mechanics also open up entirely new possibilities in a range of emerging quantum technologies, including computing, communication, and precision sensing. This talk will review quantum information science and give a perspective on the rapidly evolving areas of quantum technologies. Perhaps it is better to be an engineer in a quantum world after all.
Prof. Dirk Englund received his BS in Physics from Caltech in 2002. Following a year at TU Eindhoven as a Fulbright Fellow, he earned his MS in EE and PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 2008. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until 2010, when he became Assistant Professor of E.E. and Applied Physics at Columbia University. He joined the MIT EECS faculty in 2013. Recent recognitions include the 2011 PECASE, the 2011 Sloan Fellowship in Physics, the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2017 ACS Photonics Young Investigator Award, and the OSA’s 2017 Adolph Lomb Medal.