Portrait of Dean Andrea GoldsmithPrinceton’s vision for making audacious, long-term investment in transformative research has driven tremendous growth in Princeton Engineering.

The impacts we are having right now in solving problems and bringing innovations to society are the products of sustained work in bioengineering, robotics, machine intelligence, the future of cities, energy and the environment, and other fields. To maximize our impact for the decades ahead, we must invest boldly and strategically to spawn research and innovation that will serve humanity through the next century.

Quantum engineering is a great example of an audacious bet on research we are making now. In the middle of the  last century, physicists discovered the strange behaviors of atomic particles – like an electron that can be in two places at once or particles that can be “entangled” over long distances despite no discernible connector. Today, our engineers are at the cusp of harnessing these otherworldly behaviors to create new technologies with the potential to drastically enhance computing, security, and energy efficiency for the good of humanity and the planet.

Please read this issue of EQuad News to learn about just a few of the exceptional Princeton Engineers in this area and where they are moving this important field. And, as always, I look forward to hearing from you about how you are bringing technology and innovation together to benefit humanity, in small ways and large.

Andrea Goldsmith

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

In this issue

  • Three students working together at a computer

    New course builds students’ intuition for quantum experiments

  • The word QUANTUM written in letters made of images that evoke quantum behaviors, plus tagline underneath saying "The Power of the Smallest Realm"

    Building a technological stack

  • Portrait of researcher Nathalie de Leon in the laboratory

    Defects in diamond could sense structures of single molecules

  • Portrait of researcher Stephen Lyon in the laboratory

    Helium’s unexpected behavior offers promising platform for qubits

  • Three portraits

    Faculty research tackles challenges in quantum computing

  • Bespectacled professor smiles and peers through coiled wire between gold discs inside a quantum computer

    Andrew Houck seeks a quieter quantum world

  • Portrait

    Computer scientists have a key role in shaping quantum systems

  • Portrait in lab, dark environment with blue/green glowing objects

    Harnessing the power of single atoms for quantum computing

  • Researcher adjusting equipment in the laboratory

    Internship immerses undergraduates in quantum research at Princeton and IBM