IQC faculty members earn provincial research awards

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Four IQC faculty members have earned research funding awards from the provincial Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Professors Lupascu and Jennewein in aclassroomFour IQC faculty members have earned prestigious awards from the Ontario Research Fund to support cutting-edge investigations into quantum information science.
 
Professors Jonathan Baugh, Andrew Childs, Thomas Jennewein and Adrian Lupascu, whose research interests span theoretical and experimental quantum information processing, are among 21 University of Waterloo faculty members to receive the awards.
 
The IQC researchers earned “Early Researcher Awards" from the Ontario Research Fund, a project of the provincial Ministry of Research and Innovation.
 
The funding will enable cutting-edge research programs at the forefront of quantum information science, including:
 
 
Early Researcher Awards grant up to $100,000, to be matched by $50,000 from the researcher's institution or a partnering organization, over a period of up to five years. The Ministry of Research Information also provides $40,000 toward indirect costs.
 
Jennewein’s research into testing and operating quantum photonics devices received an additional $125,000 in funding under the ministry's “Research Infrastructure” program.
 
“The support provided today is an investment in excellence,” University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur said during the Aug. 2 announcement ceremony.
 
IQC Executive Director Raymond Laflamme says the awards demonstrate the calibre of researchers at IQC, and the importance of their work.
 
“It’s fantastic that four young IQC faculty members have received these awards,” said Laflamme. “This is another indication that Waterloo has become a magnet for some of the world’s top young scientists, and this funding will help our researchers continue working at the highest international level.”
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