cleland lab members


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cleland group (before)

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gustav andersson

Gustav will be joining the Cleland group in 2021, following completion of his PhD at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden.


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ming-han chou

Ming-Han received his BS and MS degrees in Physics from National Tsing Hua University, where he focused on understanding the statistical and mechanical properties of thin membrane. After that, he came to the University of Chicago, pursuing his PhD degree in Physics. In Cleland's lab, his work is focused on optomechanics and hybrid quantum systems. In addition to his academia pursuits, he has a broad recreational interests including hiking, camping, as well as playing table tennis and softball.


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andrew n cleland

Andrew Cleland received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1991. He was employed from 1991 to 1993 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre d'Etudes-Orme des Merisiers in Saclay, France. He then worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Caltech until 1997, when he moved to UC Santa Barbara. In 2015 he joined the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago as the John A. MacLean Sr. Professor for Molecular Engineering, Innovation, and Enterprise. He is also the Director of the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.

Andrew Cleland's research is presently focused on three areas of research: the application of superconducting circuits to quantum information, including both computation and communication; the development of nanoscale devices integrating electronic, mechanical, and optical fields, targeting quantum control and quantum measurement of mechanical, spin and optical degrees of freedom.


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chris conner

Chris received his BS in physics from UC Santa Barbara in 2017, where he worked on microfluidics research in the lab of Sumita Pennathur. He then came to the University of Chicago where he is currently pursuing a PhD at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering in Professor Cleland's lab. His research work is focused on novel uses for superconducting qubits.


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joel grebel

Joel received his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley where he worked on nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond in the lab of Dmitry Budker. He is currently pursuing a PhD in The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. In the Cleland group his work focuses on the amplification and communication of quantum information with superconducting circuits.


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yash joshi

Yash joined the Cleland group in September of 2020. Yash received his BS and MS degrees from the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research — Pune in 2020. As a part of his masters thesis, he worked in the lab of Tobias Kippenberg at EPFL Switzerland on optical readout of a circuit electromechanical system. His recreational interests include swimming, chess and skiing.


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rhys povey

Rhys received his BSc and MS in physics from the University of Western Australia working on microwave cavity experiments searching for dark photons. Following that he came to the University of Chicago to pursue his PhD and, after a brief stint in high energy physics, joined Cleland's lab. His research is focused on quantum communication with optomechanical crystals.


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haoxiong yan

Haoxiong received his B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics from Peking University in 2019. He used to work on tunable coupler for superconducting qubits in Prof. Luyan Sun's Lab at Tsinghua University. He also spent several months studying some non-equilibrium physics under the guidance of Prof. Paola Cappellaro at MIT. He is now pursuing a PhD in The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at UChicago. In Cleland group, he mainly focuses on quantum communication with superconducting qubits.

past members

sequoyah aldridge
Sequoyah was a PhD student in the cleland lab starting in 1998 and graduating with a PhD in 2004. He's currently a staff scientist at Ipitek in Carlsbad, California.
benjamín alemán
Benjamín was a postdoctoral fellow in the cleland and awschalom labs in ucsb. He then joined the department of physics faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
chris axline
Chris was a ucsb undergraduate student who worked for three years in the cleland lab. He then got a PhD in the Schoelkopf group at Yale, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Home ion physics group at ETH Zurich.
audrey bienfait
Audrey was a postdoctoral researcher in the cleland lab from 2016-2019, and recently joined the CNRS working at the École Normale Superieure in Lyon, France.
joerg bochmann
Joerg worked in the cleland lab from 2011-2014 as a postdoctoral fellow, then left to join Trumpf Lasers. He's currently working at SPI Lasers in the United Kingdom.
jorge carvalho
Jorge was a visiting graduate student from the Instituto Superier Téchnico who was in the cleland lab from 2011 to 2012. After finishing his PhD studies, he joined the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal, where he is working as a research scientist.
hung-shen chang
Hung-shen was one of the first UChicago students to join the cleland lab. Hung-shen graduated with his PhD in 2021, and currently is in Taiwan doing his military service.
étienne dumur
Étienne was in the cleland lab from 2016 to 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher. He has since joined the Quanteca lab at the Centre d'Études Atomique in Grenoble, France.
jean-luc fraikin
Jean-Luc was a ucsb graduate student in the cleland lab from 2005 to 2010. He is currently the CEO of Spectradyne LLC, a nanoparticle instrumentation company based in Signal Hill, California.
max hofheinz
Max was a postdoctoral fellow in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2008 to 2010. He is currently on the Institut Quantique faculty at the Université de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
rob knobel
Rob was a postdoctoral fellow in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2001 to 2003. He is currently a faculty member of the department of physics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
matteo mariantoni
Matteo was an Elings Prize postdoctoral fellow in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a member of the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
anthony megrant
Anthony was a graduate student in the cleland lab from 2009 to 2015. He is currently a quantum electronics engineer at Google's Santa Barbara location.
chris mckenney
Chris was a graduate student in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2003 to 2011. He is currently working as a staff scientist at Caltech/JPL in Pasadena, California.
kang-kuen ni
KK was a ucsb undergraduate student and worked in the cleland lab from 2002 to 2003. She is now on the faculty of the physics department at Harvard University.
charles neill
Charles was a ucsb graduate student who worked in the cleland lab from 2011 to 2017, when he completed his PhD. He's now working as a quantum engineer at Google in Santa Barbara.
aaron o'connell
Aaron was a ucsb graduate student in the cleland lab from 2005 to 2010. He's currently the CEO of Zube in the Los Angeles area.
greg peairs
Greg joined the cleland lab as a ucsb graduate student in 2012 and graduated in 2019 after our move to chicago. He is currently a staff scientist in Amazon AWS's quantum effort in the San Francisco Bay Area.
nitin rajan
Nitin was a postdoctoral researcher in the cleland lab from 2013 to 2015. He's currently a senior engineering manager at Avails Medical in the San Francisco Bay Area.
sukumar rajauria
Sukumar was a postdoctoral researcher in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2011 to 2013. He's currently a chief technologist at Western Digital in the San Francisco Bay Area.
mike requa
Mike was a postdoctoral researcher in the cleland lab from 2007 to 2009. He's currently a program manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.
kevin satzinger
Kevin joined the cleland lab as a ucsb graduate student in 2012 and graduated in 2018 after our move to chicago. He is currently a staff scientist in Google's quantum effort in Santa Barbara.
daniel schmidt
Dan joined the cleland lab in ucsb after getting his PhD in Jim Allen's group. He stayed as a postdoctoral fellow until 2003. He is currently a staff scientist at NIST Boulder and does some cool photography.
michael stanton
Mike was a PhD student in the cleland lab at ucsb from 2003 to 2011. He's currently a partner at the Stanton Engineering Group in Houston, Texas.
loren swenson
Loren was a ucsb PhD student in the cleland lab, joining in 2001. He completed his PhD in 2007, and is currently a lead scientist at D-Wave Systems in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
amit vainsencher
Amit was a ucsb graduate student in the cleland lab from 2010 to 2016. After graduating with his PhD in 2016, Amit joined the Google effort in Santa Barbara. Amit very sadly passed away from natural causes in 2019.
eva weig
Eva worked in the cleland lab in ucsb from 2003 to 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow, following her PhD with Jörg Kotthaus at the LMU. Eva then joined the physics department faculty at the University of Konstanz, and in 2020 moved to a new position as chair of nano- and quantum sensors at TU Munich.
david wood
Dave was a ucsb graduate student in the cleland lab from 2001 to 2007. He is currently on the faculty of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.
chris yung
Chris was the first graduate student in the cleland lab, joining in 1997 and graduating with a PhD in 2004. He's currently a senior scientist at iBeam Materials in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
youpeng zhong
Youpeng was one of the first students to join the cleland lab in chicago. He graduated with a PhD in 2019, and stayed through 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. Youpeng is now a researcher in the new Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (SIQSE), a division of the Southern University of Science and Technology.