Karl K. Berggren

Karl K. Berggren

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room 36-219
Cambridge, MA 02139


Administrative Assistants

Dorothy A. Fleischer
Room 36-213

Rinske Wijtmans Robinson
Room 36-213

Prof. Berggren is the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he heads the Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group. From December 1996 to September 2003, Prof. Berggren served as a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, and from 2010 to 2011, was on sabbatical at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.

His current research focuses on superconductive circuits, electronic devices, single-photon detectors for quantum applications, and electron-optical systems.

Prof. Berggren teaches a range of subjects, including Digital Communications, Circuits and Electronics, Fundamentals of Programming, Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics, Introduction to Quantum Systems Engineering, and Introduction to Nanofabrication.

Prof. Berggren is a fellow of AAAS and a fellow of IEEE. He is a Kavli fellow, and a recipient of the 2015 Paul T. Forman Team Engineering Award from the Optical Society of America. In 2016, he received a Bose Fellowship and was also a recipient of the EECS Department’s Frank Quick Innovation Fellowship and the Burgess (‘52) & Elizabeth Jamieson Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2024, he was named an MIT MacVicar fellow.

Prof. Berggren has served as a consultant to several industrial, academic, and government organizations, and continues an active independent consulting practice.

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nanostructure fabrication methods, nanoscale quantum devices, superconductive quantum computing, evolvable hardware, nanoscale infrared single-photon detectors, quantum-mechanical circuits