Professor Dirk Englund joined the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty in January 2013 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
On earning his BS in physics from Caltech in 2002, Dirk Englund spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow at TU Eindhoven, where he designed and built a system for ultrafast magneto-optic nanoscopy. He entered graduate school at Stanford, where he earned an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in applied physics in 2008. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until 2010. Prior to coming to MIT, Prof. Englund was Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Applied Physics at Columbia University.
Prof. Englund’s research focuses on quantum technologies based on semiconductor and optical systems, with the goal of controlling quantum states in photons and semiconductor spin systems to address problems in communication, computation, and metrology. His major research accomplishments include the control of light-matter interactions of single quantum states in quantum dots and diamond nitrogen vacancy centers, high-brightness single photon sources, group III/V photonic crystal lasers, and integrated photonic networks for quantum information processing. Prof. Englund leads the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at MIT.
Prof. Englund has been recognized with the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2012 IBM Faculty Award, the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, the 2012 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award, and a 2008 Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Fellowship.