P. Orlando received his B.S. in Physics summa cum laude
from Louisiana State University in 1974, and his M.S. and
Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1976 and 1981
respectively. Since 1981 he has been a professor in the Department
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. He is the principal investigator
on a multi-university, multi-disciplinary program that is
focused on using superconducting circuits for quantum computation.
His other main research interest is the study of non-linear
dynamical systems in the crossover regime from classical to
quantum behavior. He is the coauthor of the textbook, Foundations
of Applied Superconductivity, and the textbook Applied Quantum
and Statistical Mechanics. Since July 2001, he and his wife
Ann have become resident-faculty housemasters at Ashdown House,
the second oldest graduate living group in the United States.