Most scientists who work closely with data try to improve ways to process it or to harness it for other, broader inquiries. Andrew Houck ’00 and his team are taking a different approach: they are trying to change the nature of data itself. Houck, a professor of electrical engineering, and colleagues are seeking to build a quantum computer, a new type of machine that uses the strange rules of quantum mechanics to address problems that are not possible to solve with standard computers. &l
The team's findings are part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about atomic behavior by creating a device that can simulate the behavior of subatomic particles. Such a tool could be an invaluable method for answering questions about atoms and molecules that are not answerable even with today's most advanced computers.
Five members of the Engineering School faculty received the University's highest honors for their accomplishments in teaching and mentoring students.
Students conferred their semi-annual Excellence in Teaching Awards to professors and teaching assistants at a ceremony Feb. 21. The awards included a Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Pablo Debenedetti.
In a key step toward creating a working quantum computer, Princeton researchers have developed a method that may allow the quick and reliable transfer of quantum information throughout a computing device.
Andrew Houck, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and a past Princeton valedictorian, was named to Technology Review magazine's list of the top 35 young innovators for 2009.
Young faculty members who are pioneering new areas of communications networks, environmental sensing and other fields have received numerous awards for outstanding contributions early in their careers. Mung Chiang, associate professor of electrical engineering, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. He was one of only sixty-seven scientists who received the prestigious awards at a ceremony held at the White House last December. Chiang was
Andrew Houck, a Princeton assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded a 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He will receive $50,000 in funding for the two-year period for his research into applying the theories of quantum mechanics to the fields of computing and optics.
Andrew Houck, a Princeton professor of electrical engineering, won a 2008 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences. The prize included $15,000 in unrestricted funding.