New Faculty: David Schuster and Jon Simon
Meet David Schuster
David received his bachelor's degree in mathematics-physics in 2001 at Brown University, and his PhD in physics in 2007 from the Yale University. He was awarded the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award. David performed postdoctoral research at Yale and MIT on studying hybrid quantum systems, before joining the faculty of the physics department at the University of Chicago in late 2010.
For his work as a faculty member he has received several honors including the William L. McMillan Prize, the Packard Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and Darpa Young Faculty Award. He joins the Applied Physics department at Stanford University in the fall of 2022 (but will arrive on campus in January 2023). Professor Schuster’s research focuses broadly on experimental realizations of quantum computation, sensing, and communications. He has pioneered many approaches employing superconducting circuits including circuit quantum electrodynamics and the transmon qubit, which are the basis of many academic and industrial efforts to realize quantum computing. Like classical computers today, quantum computers will employ a wide variety of physical phenomena for different tasks and Professor Schuster’s group collaborates to study hybrid quantum systems with trapped atoms, electrons on helium, and other quantum systems. In addition to studying aspects of digital quantum computers, his group also explores methods of directly constructing many-body quantum systems of interest from strongly interacting superconducting circuits.
David states, "I'm most excited by the broad array of faculty and students I will have the opportunity to interact with. I'm excited both to collaborate with folks already active in quantum sciences research as well as groups from across the engineering school and at SLAC exploring a wide variety of topics."