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It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Professor Crystal Senko from the Faculty of Science for being named a Canada Research Chair (CRC)!
Senko joins 15 other University of Waterloo Science Professors in this distinguished program, and is one of nine professors across Waterloo appointed in 2020.
Senko joined the University of Waterloo in November 2016 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing. She is the lead investigator of the Trapped Ion Quantum Control lab and is working toward the creation of a trapped-ion quantum computer. Current practices in quantum computing focus on using single-level "qubits" (using electrons to represent values of either 0 or 1) to encode information. Senko’s research explores an expanded version of this, known as “qudits”, capable of three, five, or possibly more levels of encryption using electrons to represent multiple values. This puts her research on the cutting edge of large-scale quantum computing.
The CRC program is designed to support chairholders reach their individual research goals while helping to transfer their knowledge through supervision, training, and collaboration. CRCs stand for innovation, excellence, and the pursuit of knowledge.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.