The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science announced on May 10 that Professor Dirk Englund has been granted tenure. Dirk Englund is also a core member in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). In his research, Dirk Englund focuses on developing of solid-state photonic and quantum devices and systems and their use in quantum computation, communications, and sensing. His work emphasizes leveraging deep insight in quantum information theory and optics to develop engineered systems that dramatically advance the field. His stated vision is ambitious: to create the quantum internet, where entanglement is distributed worldwide. Significant contributions range from achieving record performance with a practical high-dimensional quantum key distribution scheme to performing quantum transport simulations using photonic integrated circuits. He leads the Quantum Photonics Laboratory in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE).
Englund has taught a variety of EECS classes, including Introduction to EECS (6.01), Oral Communication (6.UAT), and Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (6.UAR, the SuperUROP course). He also helped create the EECS Communications Lab, which provides resources for graduate students for oral and written communications, and, with Vinod Vaikuntanathan, has co-directed Masterworks, the department's annual celebration of research leading to the SM and MEng degrees. His awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal, the top award for a young researcher in optics.