Mines grad student wins NSF quantum information fellowship
Joel Howard, a PhD student in physics at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded a National Science Foundation-supported fellowship to conduct foundational quantum science research.
Howard is one of 18 graduate students nationwide selected for the 2020 cohort of the NSF Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISENET) Triplets program.
Led by the University of Chicago and Harvard, QISENET provides selected graduate students with up to three years of funding. Students also receive mentorship from both an academic advisor and an advisor at a leading technology company or national laboratory; together, the “triplets” take on a pressing research question related to quantum science.
Howard, who is advised by Physics Assistant Professors Meenakshi Singh and Zhexuan Gong, will work with Dr. David Pappas at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder.
The first project undertaken by the triplet team explores ways of speeding up two-qubit quantum entanglement operations on superconducting devices. Howard currently spearheads the effort to experimentally quantify the maximum speed at which this entanglement can occur.