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Waks, Edo

Waks, Edo

Associate Director & Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Joint Quantum Institute
Quantum Technology Center
2132 Kim Engineering Building


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


Edo Waks received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University while working with Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto in the area of quantum optics and quantum information. After graduating, he became a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, working with Professor Jelena Vuckovic in the Ginzton Laboratory on nanophotonic implementations of quantum information processing, before joining the ECE Department as assistant professor for the Fall 2006 semester. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the Electrical Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Waks is an National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, at Stanford. He won the Department of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award sponsored by the Army Research and Development Activity, which funded his postdoctoral research. He received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999), and the William Huggins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer and Electrical Engineering, from Johns Hopkins University (1995).


  • American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
  • DURIP Award for Research Instrumentation
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • NSF Career Award
  • Department of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Award sponsored by the Army Research and Development Activity
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999)
  • William Huggins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer and Electrical Engineering, from Johns Hopkins University (1995).


  • APS Fellow
  • NSF Fellow
  • Tau Beta Pi

Google Scholar

  • Application of photonic crystals to quantum information processing
  • Use of photonic crystals for practical tools in optical telecommunication and sensing

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Delivering on Quantum Innovation

The University of Maryland (UMD) has announced the launch of the Quantum Technology Center (QTC), which aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies.

NSF Awards $2M Grant to UMD-led Team to Develop Quantum-based Machine Learning Algorithms and Hardware

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Partnering for Quantum Leaps

For many UMD researchers, partnering with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is key.

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens the door for photon-based computing

UMD researchers have demonstrated the first single-photon transistor using a semiconductor chip.

Four Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense.

New hole-punched crystal clears a path for quantum light

Photonic chip guides single photons, even when there are bends in the road

Clark School Researchers Represented on Four 2017 MURI Awards

UMD is one of the top universities represented among the highly competitive grants awarded this year.

BBI Seed Grant winners announced

Five projects selected for inaugural round of funding.

Waks Elevated to Fellow of the Optical Society of America

He was recognized for outstanding contributions to optical quantum information processing.

Quantum Dot Commands Light

Researchers harness the quantum nature of light and semiconductors to expand the capabilities of computers.

UMD Researchers Achieve Breakthrough in Nanoprecision Imaging

Flow control of single quantum dot enables measurements with nanoscale accuracy at lower cost

Defense Department Funding Supports Research Instrumentation

Five Clark School professors to receive support for state-of-the-art equipment.

Waks Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Research proposal on quantum information processing earns professor prestigious grant.

Booz Allen Colloquium Series Announced

Leading researchers will discuss cyber-physical systems, NOAA satellites, and dragonfly flight.

$15M to Support Postdoc Nanotechnology Research

Program will create next generation of nano experts.

Waks Earns PECASE Award

ECE faculty member earns highest honor bestowed upon early-career scientists and engineers in the U.S.

Clark School Faculty Win DoD Awards

DURIP awards are for research instrumentation towards defense research.

Four Young Clark School Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Assistant professors recognized for work in nanomechanics, helicon radio-frequency plasma generation, cellular engineering and photonic crystals.

Waks Receives NSF CAREER Award

ECE assistant professor earns award for research on photonic quantum information processing.