Doctoral students named as Vanier scholars

Monday, June 10, 2024

Jack deGooyer and Sarah Odinotski, doctoral students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), are recipients of the 2024 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).

The Vanier CGS program awards up to $50,000 per year for three years, for students working in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health. The award aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral candidates by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies.

deGooyer works with the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) and is supervised by Dr. Michael Reimer and Dr. Peter Levine, both of whom are IQC and ECE members. deGooyer’s research is focused on quantum sensing. He aims to scale up a quantum sensor created by Waterloo’s Quantum Photonic Devices Laboratory into a full camera.

Odinotski works in the same lab as deGooyer and is also supervised by Reimer. Her research involves developing quantum sensors capable of detecting a single photon of light. The development of these sensors is based on metamaterial design, using structural patterning to engineer materials to have different properties than their overall sample.

While Odinotski designs and fabricates single photon sensors, deGooyer is engineering ways to join those sensors into a cohesive camera. With multiple award winners for the same project, this showcases the potential impacts and opportunities for this disruptive quantum sensor technology.

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