2014 Truman Fellow
After being chosen as one of two commencement speakers for his undergraduate class at the College of Wooster, John followed his double major in physics and mathematics with a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate, John conducted research in liquid crystal physics, density functional theory, quantum simulation, and quantum decoherence theory. He furthered his quantum computing explorations as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, delving into multiparticle quantum random walks and the computational modeling of solid-state quantum devices. John has coauthored 18 publications and preprints on topics ranging from quantum random walks to experimental demonstrations of semiconductor quantum devices.
At Sandia, John’s goal is to increase the robustness of quantum information processing technology, facilitating the implementation of idealized schemes as real devices. Under the mentorship of Sandian Rick Muller, John is researching the physics of disordered semiconductor quantum systems in an effort to enable the design of disorder-resilient devices. To probe the impact of disorder on quantum devices, John is developing and applying numerical simulations that capture disorder’s essential physics while efficiently collecting high-quality statistics. In addition, John is developing new characterization and operation protocols for realistic quantum devices.
“The Truman Fellowship has exceeded my expectations, giving me an opportunity to integrate with an exceptional team of researchers dedicated to Sandia’s mission, as well as perform my own self-directed research. Serving as the principal investigator on my own research project is invigorating. The Truman Fellowship gives me the freedom and flexibility to see my scientific vision through, while expanding my higher-level project management skills, which are crucial to becoming a successful scientist. This freedom, taken together with generous supplemental research funding and access to Sandia’s impressive shared resources, truly makes the Truman Fellowship an ideal position for starting scientists or engineers looking to grow their careers.”