LOS ALTOS, Calif., Aug. 26 -- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation issued the following news release:
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has appointed Dr. Robert Schoelkopf, a Yale University Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics and Associate Director of the Yale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering, to the Advisory Panel of the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. A 2000 Packard Fellow, Schoelkopf joins this group of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers who annually select Fellows from a field of early-career scientists nominated by presidents of fifty universities.
The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering was established in 1988 to allow the nation's most promising scientists to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements. The Fellowship program arose out of David Packard's commitment to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs, recognizing that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company, which he cofounded, derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories.
"Robert's perspectives as a former Fellow, and as a leader in his field, will help the Advisory Panel select the strongest candidates each year from a group of wonderfully creative and talented young professors nominated by their universities," said Lynn Orr, Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor at Stanford University, and Chairman of the Packard Fellowship Advisory Panel.
Today, Schoelkopf focuses his research on the development of superconducting devices for quantum information processing, which may lead to revolutionary advances in computing. With his collaborators, Professors Michel Devoret and Steve Girvin, their team created the new field of circuit quantum electrodynamics, which allows quantum information to be distributed by microwave signals on wires. His lab has produced many firsts in the field based on these ideas, including the development of a "quantum bus" for information, and the first demonstration of quantum algorithms and quantum error correction with integrated circuits.
"As a former Packard Fellow, I am honored to join this distinguished group of scientists," said Schoelkopf. "The Packard Fellowship allowed me the freedom to take risks and explore new ideas early in my career. I am excited to join the advisory panel, meet some of the future superstars in a wide spectrum of science and engineering, and help them on their way via this important program."
A graduate of Princeton University, Schoelkopf earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology. From 1986 to 1988 he was an electrical/cryogenic engineer in the Laboratory for High-Energy Astrophysics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he developed low-temperature radiation detectors and cryogenic instrumentation for future space missions.
Schoelkopf came to Yale as a postdoctoral researcher in 1995, joined the faculty in 1998, and became a full professor in 2003. He was named the inaugural William A. Norton Professor of Applied Physics and Physics in 2009, and is currently the Sterling University Professor of Applied Physics and Physics. The Yale physicist has been recognized as a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
In 2009, he was awarded the Joseph F. Keithley Award of the American Physical Society for the development of high-frequency measurement techniques to probe quantum devices and nanostructures, and recently shared the John Stewart Bell Prize with Michel Devoret for "fundamental and pioneering experiments in entangling superconducting qubits and microwave photons, and their application to quantum information processing."
Schoelkopf is filling the seat of Dr. David Goodstein, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, who was a founding member of the Advisory Panel and retired from the panel after 24 years of service. Schoelkopf will join the advisory panel in September 2013 in Denver, Colorado, at the annual meeting of the Packard Fellows. There, the Advisory Panel will nominate sixteen Fellows for approval by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation will announce the next class of Fellows in October 2013.