Associate Professor

Contact InformationNa Young Kim

Phone: 519-888-4567 x30481
Location: RAC 2101

Biography Summary

Na Young Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has a joint appointment with the Institute for Quantum Computing.

Na Young leads the Quantum Innovation (QuIN) laboratory, which aims to build large-scale quantum processors based on novel materials and advanced technologies. Two kick-off projects are under way: (1) a semiconductor quantum processors project that establishes controllable optical and electrical domains, in which her research team is learning insights of exotic materials and the fundamental nature of symmetries, and (2) a project in which a multi-functional classical and quantum device arrays establishes a planar architecture comprised of nano-scale devices with electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical functionality.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo in 2016, Na Young worked for Apple Inc. developing small display products; at Apple Inc., she got to experience delivering beloved products to world-wide consumers. She received a BS in Physics from Seoul National University and pursued her graduate studies exploring mesoscopic transport properties in low-dimensional nanostructures in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. During her postgraduate research, she expanded her scope to the fields of quantum optics and nanophotonics, working on several experimental and theoretical projects in collaboration with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and collaborators.

Research Interests

  • Quantum artificial intelligence
  • Quantum security
  • Large-scale solid-state quantum computer
  • Quantum simulator
  • Quantum information processing and communications
  • Nanotechnology


  • 2010, Other, Applied Physics, Stanford University
  • 2006, Doctorate, Applied Physics, Stanford University
  • 1998, Bachelor of Science (BS), Physics, Seoul National University


  • ECE 106 - Electricity and Magnetism
    • Taught in 2016, 2017
  • ECE 730 - Special Topics in Solid State Devices
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ECE 477 - Photonic Devices and Systems
    • Taught in 2019
  • ECE 770 - Special Topics in Antenna and Microwave Theory
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Nitsche, Wolfgang H and Kim, Na Young and Roumpos, Georgios and Schneider, Christian and Höfling, Sven and Forchel, Alfred and Yamamoto, Yoshihisa, Spatial correlation of two-dimensional bosonic multimode condensates, Physical Review A, 93(5), 2016
  • Bahk, Yeon Kyoung and He, Xu and Gitsis, Emmanouil and Kuo, Yu-Ying and Kim, Nayoung and Wang, Jing, Enhanced dispersion stability and mobility of carboxyl-functionalized carbon nanotubes in aqueous solutions through strong hydrogen bonds, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 17(10), 2015, 1 - 13
  • Kim, Na Young and Yamamoto, Yoshihisa, Exciton-Polariton Quantum Simulators, arXiv preprint arXiv:1510.08203, 2015
  • Yang, Ming-Jay and Kim, Na Young and Yamamoto, Yoshihisa and Na, Neil, Verification of very strong coupling in a semiconductor optical microcavity, New Journal of Physics, 17(2), 2015
  • Nitsche, Wolfgang H and Kim, Na Young and Roumpos, Georgios and Schneider, Christian and Kamp, Martin and Höfling, Sven and Forchel, Alfred and Yamamoto, Yoshihisa, Algebraic order and the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in an exciton-polariton gas, Physical Review B, 90(20), 2014