What drew you to PME?
PME is a highly interdisciplinary place that is not constrained by the traditional structure of other engineering programs. We’re more flexible and adaptive to new emergent directions. My work in quantum engineering also benefits from our relationships with Department of Energy (DOE) labs and investors, as well as the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE).
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?
First, the smooth transition of my lab, including my students and postdoctoral researchers, from my previous University, for which I am very grateful to PME’s leadership and support staff. As far as research, I have expanded my scope into areas like quantum communication and quantum metrology. I have also become an Amazon Scholar, establishing a connection with industry that aligns with the vision of PME and provides my students some opportunities as well.
Where do you see PME in 10 years?
Our current growth is very promising and exciting. PME will not only play a world-leading role in its existing themes, but also cover new themes of cutting-edge engineering. I am confident that PME leadership will make good decisions about our future.
What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?
We’ll have breakthroughs in quantum communication through promising collaboration with DOE labs and other institutions like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Multiple groups at PME are working on improving sensors and material designs and connecting them to biological applications. Finally, at PME there are groups working on critical platforms to develop a large-scale quantum system, which will require working with DOE and industrial labs.