EU-USA-Japan International Symposium on Quantum Technology

 Short Biography
Opening remarks

Yasuhiko Arakawa

Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics, The University of Tokyo

Yasuhiko Arakawa received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1980. He was an assistant professor in 1980 and an Associate Professor in 1981 at The University of Tokyo. He became a full Professor, the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo in 1993. In 2018, he has been a Specially-Appointed Professor and a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tokyo. He is currently a Program Director of the MEXT Q-LEAP and the Supervisor of the CREST Quantum Technology. His main research field is quantum dot photonics, including physics of quantum dots, quantum dot lasers, single photon sources, semiconductor cavity-QED and silicon photonics. He is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (MAE) and the Past President of International Commission for Optics (ICO). He published over 700 journal papers and presented over 400 invited papers at international conferences including over 70 plenaries/keynotes. He received numerous awards, including ISCS Quantum Devices Award in 2002, Leo Esaki Award in 2004, IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Award in 2006, Fujiwara Award in 2007, IEEE David Sarnoff Award in 2009, Prime Minister Award in 2009, the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2009, C&C Prize in 2010, Heinrich Welker Award in 2011, OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award in 2011, the Japan Academy Prize in 2017 and IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal in 2018. He is a Fellow of IEEE. OSA, IEICE and JSAP.


Yoshimasa Goto

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Yoshimasa Goto was appointed a Vice President of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in 2015. He is responsible for the Strategic Basic Research such as CREST, PRESTO, ERATO and JST-Mirai Program; Industrial-Academic Collaboration and Research Program Strategy. In 1981, he joined the Panasonic Corporation. He earlier worked on the research on the architecture for autonomous land vehicle (currently called driverless cars) at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (1985-1988). His team succeeded the first autonomous navigation in the world. He was also involved in the R&D of the digital TV broad casting systems including electric program guide (EPG) system, and conditional access system (CAS) which are adopted for digital broadcasting services in Japan. His team heavily contributed to establishing the National Technical Standard of digital TV broadcasting in the country. His current research interests include the intellectual property strategy which is capable to build competitive edge in the business. He received his Ph.D.s in Engineering and Technology Management.


Masaaki Taira

State Minister for Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Member of the House of Representatives, Japan

He graduated from the School of Law, Waseda University in 1989. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2005. After that, he reelected the second term in 2009 and the third term in 2012. In 2014, he served as State Minister for Cabinet Office (the Second Abe Reorganized Cabinet). In 2014, he was reelected for the 4th term in the House of Representatives and reappointed as State Minister for Cabinet Office (the 3rd Abe Cabinet). In 2017, he was reelected for the 5th term in the House of Representatives. In 2019, he was elected to State Minister for Cabinet Office (4th Abe Second Remodeling Cabinet).


Keynote Speakers

Jay M. Gambetta

IBM Quantum, TJ Watson Research Center

Jay Gambetta is currently VP, Quantum Computing, IBM Fellow & Master Inventor, where he has contributed to the work on quantum validation techniques, quantum codes, improved gates and coherence, near-term applications of quantum computing, the IBM Quantum Experience, and the Qiskit open source framework and leads IBM’s Quantum Computing group. Previously, he worked at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Canada and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. Jay has over 100 publications in field of quantum information science. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society. He holds a PhD in physics from Griffith University Australia.


Hidetoshi Katori

Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo,
Quantum Metrology Laboratory, RIKEN

Hidetoshi Katori was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964. He received B. Eng. (1988), M. Eng. (1990) and D. Eng. (1994) in Applied Physics, University of Tokyo. From 1994 to 1997, he worked at Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, as a visiting scientist. He joined Engineering Research Institute, University of Tokyo in 1999. Since then he has been engaged in the precision measurements with ultracold atoms, in particular “optical lattice clocks” that he proposed in 2001. He has been a professor in the department of applied physics, graduate school of engineering, University of Tokyo since 2010 and a chief scientist, Quantum Metrology Laboratory, RIKEN since 2011. During 2010-2016, he served as a research director in ERATO project, JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency). Since 2018, he serves as a Program Manager in Mirai-Project, JST. He was awarded JSPS Prize, European Time and Frequency Award, and The Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics in 2005, IBM Japan Science Prize (2006), Rabi Award (2008), Asahi award (2012), Nishina memorial award (2013), The Medal with Purple Ribbon (2014), Japan Academy Award (2015) and Leo Esaki Prize (2017).


Paolo Villoresi

Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova

Paolo Villoresi is a Full Professor (Ordinarius) of Physics at the University of Padova, Department of Information Engineering. He studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at University of Padova, where he is permanent faculty since 1994. He proposed in 2002 and then realized the first single photon exchange with a satellite. He founded a research group on Quantum Communication (QC) and Quantum Optics, that demonstrated the first QC in Space using orbiting retroreflectors, adopting polarization and temporal modes. His group also have shown the first use of OAM modes in QC, the generation of random numbers using DV and CV quantum processes at tens of Gbps, the study and mitigation of turbulence in free-space QC in the Canary Island links, as well the implementation of novel QKD protocols and of fundamental tests of Quantum Mechanics both in Space and in the Lab. His past research topics include the Atomic Physics in the attosecond domain, multiphoton ionization, ultrafast optics in extreme ultraviolet and X-rays, often exploiting adaptive optics. He served as coordinator in several national and international research projects, including basic research as well as industrial and medical applications of lasers and photonics technologies, exploiting also his 12 industrial patents and patent applications..


Invited Speakers

Tomasso Calarco

Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute

Tommaso Calarco has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. Currently the Director of the Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Tommaso received his PhD at the University of Ferrara and started to work as a postdoc in the group of P. Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento in 2004 and as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007, where he then became Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He has authored in 2016 the Quantum Manifesto, which initiated the European Commission’s Quantum Flagship initiative, and is currently the Chairman of one of the Flagship’s Governing Bodies: The Quantum Community Network.


Jake Taylor

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Jake Taylor joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in December 2017 to help lead the U.S. effort to advance American leadership in quantum information science. While at OSTP, he has overseen the passage of the National Quantum Initiative Act, signed into law on December 21, 2018; helped create the U.S. national strategy for quantum information science published in September, 2018; launched two National Science and Technology Council subcommittees to coordinate quantum-related research and development across the United States; and formed the National Quantum Coordination Office under OSTP’s leadership. While not on detail to OSTP, Taylor is a NIST Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), co-director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science ( at the University of Maryland, and a Joint Quantum Institute ( Fellow. His research group investigates the fundamental limits of quantum devices for computation and communication. He received an AB in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics at Harvard in 2000 and then spent a year as a Luce Scholar at the University of Tokyo. Taylor returned to Harvard for his PhD in the group of Mikhail Lukin in 2006, exploring approaches to quantum computing and fault tolerance using spins in quantum dots. He went on to a Pappalardo Fellowship at MIT, working in both the Condensed Matter Theory group and the Center for Theoretical Physics, and during that time co-invented diamond-based magnetometry. In 2009 Taylor joined the Joint Quantum Institute and NIST, and in 2014 started the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and recipient of the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the AAAS, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to American “Call to Service” medal, the Silver Medal of the Commerce Department, the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, and the IUPAP C15 Young Scientist prize. He can be found on twitter @quantum_jake


Atsushi Oku

Director for Quantum Technology Team, CAO
Director, Office for Quantum Science and Technology, MEXT

OKU Atsushi has been Director, Office for Quantum Science and Technology, Research and Development Infrastructure Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, at MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), Government of Japan, since October 2018, and Director for Quantum Technology Team, at CAO (Cabinet Office), Government of Japan, since December 2018. He started his career at MEXT (then Science and Technology Agency), Government of Japan, in 2000, has worked mainly in S&T policy area. He recently served as Executive secretary to the Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy (2017-2018); Director for Management and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat (2016-2017); and Deputy Director for Policy Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau (2015-2016);


Immanuel Bloch

Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

IMMANUEL BLOCH is scientific director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and holds a chair for experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. His scientific work is among the most frequently cited in the field of quantum physics and has helped to open a new interdisciplinary research field at the interface of atomic physics, quantum optics, quantum information science and solid state physics. For his research, he has received numerous international awards, including the Körber European Science Prize and the Harvey Prize.


Jelena Vuckovic

Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University

Jelena Vuckovic is a Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership, professor of electrical engineering and, by courtesy, of applied physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a director of Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitectures, and Machines) - the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. Professor Vuckovic has received numerous honors for her work, including, most recently, a Distinguished Scholar award from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (2019). She has also been recognized with the Humboldt Prize (2010) and the Marko V. Jaric Award (2012), awarded to scholars for outstanding achievements in physics. In 2013, Professor Vuckovic received the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Munich (2013), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2008), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2007), and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2006). She is a fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Optical Society of America (OSA). Along with research and teaching at Stanford, Professor Vuckovic has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Munich, Germany (2019), the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technical University in Munich, Germany (2013 – 2018), and the Institute for Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2010 – 2013). She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Ferdinand Braun Institute in Berlin, Germany, an advisory board member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Engineering Directorate, and a board member of SystemX at Stanford. Currently, she is also an associate editor of ACS Photonics, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of npj Quantum Information and APL Photonics.


Yasunobu Nakamura

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

Yasunobu Nakamura studied physical properties of high-temperature superconductors and received BSc in Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo in 1990 and MSc in Superconductivity Research Course, The University of Tokyo in 1992. He joined Fundamental Research Laboratories of NEC Corporation in 1992 and started working on mesoscopic electronic devices. In 1999 he demonstrated the first coherent control of a superconducting qubit. During 2001-2002, he spent a year in Department of Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology as a Visiting Researcher. He received D. Eng. from Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo in 2011. He moved to the current position in Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, in 2012. He is also affiliated to RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science as a Team Leader of Superconducting Quantum Electronics Team since 2014. He has been the Director of ERATO Macroscopic Quantum Machines Project of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) since 2016 and the Project Leader of Q-LEAP Flagship Project on Superconducting Quantum Computers since 2018. His current research interests are quantum information processing using superconducting circuits, microwave quantum optics, and hybrid quantum systems. He has received Sir Martin Wood Prize and Nishina Memorial Prize in 1999, Agilent Technologies Europhysics Prize in 2004, Simon Memorial Prize in 2008, Leo Esaki Prize in 2014, and Japan Society of Applied Physics Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019.


Wolfgang Tittel

QuTech, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology

Wolfgang Tittel is an experimental physicist. He received his PhD from the University of Geneva in 2000 for “Quantum correlation for quantum communication”, joined the University of Calgary in 2006 as associate professor, and was promoted to full professor in 2013. Since 2018, he is a professor at the TU Delft, and a staff member at QuTech. Dr. Tittel’s research was seminal in bringing quantum communication technology out of the laboratory and into the real world using deployed telecommunication fiber. His work has raised, and continues to raise, both scientific and public awareness and appreciation that the new technology is not restricted to contrived laboratory settings. Notable research results include the first demonstration of measurement-device independent quantum key distribution, which is of particular interest due to its resilience to quantum hacking, its suitability for building networks, and its upgradability to quantum repeater-based communication links; city-wide quantum teleportation; and the storage and recall of members of entangled photon pairs using rare-earth-ion based quantum memory. Dr. Tittel’s work has been cited more than 20,000 times and he has raised funding in excess of the equivalent of EU 16M. He is a founding member of QCRYPT, the international quantum cryptography conference, and has been a member of steering, executive and program committees of various institutes and for various conferences.


David D.Awschalom

Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Department of Physics, University of Chicago

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor and Deputy Dean of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering, Professor of Physics, and Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange at the University of Chicago. He also serves as Senior Scientist and Quantum Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, he was the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California – Santa Barbara. He works in the emerging fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering, where his students develop new methods to explore and control the quantum states of individual electrons, nuclei, and photons in the solid state. His research includes implementations of quantum information processing with potential applications in computing, imaging, and communication. Professor Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.


Masahide Sasaki

Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

Masahide Sasaki received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1986, 1988 and 1992, respectively. During 1992-1996, he worked on the development of semiconductor devices in Nippon-Kokan Company (currently JFE Holdings). In 1996, he joined the Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (since 2004, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology). He has been working on quantum optics, quantum communication and quantum cryptography. He is presently Distinguished Researcher of Advanced ICT Research Institute, and NICT Fellow. Dr. Sasaki is a member of Japanese Society of Physics, and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan.


Tonnie De Koster

European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Tonnie De Koster works in the European Commission since the early 1990ies and now holds the position of Advisor on the international aspects of the EU's digital single market strategy in DG Connect (Directorate-general for digital policy). He has previously worked on developing the digital single market strategy. In previous positions he has worked notably on designing the Europe 2020 strategy for growth & jobs and on economic coordination and surveillance in the Secretariate-general of the Commission. He also held positions as Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Innovation policy in the DG for Research & Innovation. Previously he worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner E. Liikanen in charge of information society policy and as policy assistant to the Director-General in DG Information Society. Tonnie is a Belgian citizen and an economist by training.


Thierry Debuisschert

Thales Research & Technology

Thierry Debuisschert is a scientific expert at Thales Research & Technology, the corporate laboratory of Thales company, where he is in charge of the applied quantum physics activity. His expertise includes quantum communications and quantum sensing. He has contributed to numerous research projects at national or European level in these fields. He was coordinator of the European project DIADEMS (2013-2017) dedicated to the development of magnetometers based on NV centers in diamond. He is currently coordinating the EU Quantum Flagship project ASTERIQS and the QuantERA project MICROSENS. He is chair of the Science and Engineering Board which coordinates the collaboration between the Quantum Flagship Projects.


John Kitching

Time and Frequency Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. John Kitching received his BSc. in physics from McGill University in 1990 and MSc And PhD degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. From 1995 to 2003, he was with JILA/The University of Colorado and also held a guest-researcher appointment in the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST. Since 2003, he has been a physicist in the Time and Frequency Division at NIST and currently is the Group Leader of the Atomic Devices and Instruments Group in NIST’s Physical Measurements Laboratory. His research interests include miniaturized atomic clocks and sensors and applications of semiconductor lasers and micromachining technology to problems in atomic physics and frequency control. Most recently, he and his group pioneered the development of microfabricated “chip-scale” atomic devices for use as frequency references, magnetometers and other sensors. He is a Fellow of NIST, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has received a number of awards for his work including the Department of Commerce Silver and Gold Medals, the 2009 Arthur Flemming Award, the 2014 Rank Prize, the 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award and the 2016 IEEE Frequency Control Symposium I. I. Rabi Award. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals, has given numerous invited and plenary talks and has been awarded six patents.


Shigeki Takeuchi

Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

Shigeki Takeuchi is a Professor of the Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph. D degrees in Physics from Kyoto University in 1991, 1993 and 2000 respectively. He belonged to Mitsubishi Electric from 1993 to 1999, and became a lecturer, associate professor, and professor of Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, in 1999, 2000, and 2007 respectively. He served as an Invited Professor at the ISIR, Osaka University, Japan, (residing) from 2008 to 2014, and has been in the current position since 2014. His interest lies in understanding and controlling the nature of photons, and has been working on the realization of photonic quantum circuits and photonic quantum sensing using entangled photons. He is also interested in the application of solid state micro-cavities and nano-optical fibers to quantum information science and quantum sensing. He is a member of the Physical Society of Japan, The Japan Society for Applied Physics and OSA. He has received several awards including the Young Scientist Award (2005), The Scientific American 50 award (2007), the 6th Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Prize (2010), the Daiwa Adrian Prize (2010), Osaka Science Prize (2015) and the Japan Society of Applied Physics Takuma Award (2016).



Kohei Itoh (Moderator)

School of Science and Technology, Keio University
Quantum Computing Center, Keio University

Kohei Itoh graduated from Keio University and received his M. S. and Ph. D. in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He joined Keio University as a faculty member in 1995 and became a full professor in 2007. He served as Dean of Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Technology of Keio University between 2017 and 2019, and currently is the Chair of Keio AI and Advanced Programming Consortium. His main focus of research has been quantum computing, quantum sensing, and quantum physics, which led to more than 300 journal publications. He has served on executive boards including the Physical Society of Japan and the Japan Society of Applied Physics. Currently he leads a variety of quantum information projects in Japan as the Research Supervisor of the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s “Quantum state control and functionalization project” for top young researchers, the Program Director of Quantum Information Technology in the MEXT Quantum Leap Flagship Program for researchers representing the field, and a Member of Science Council of Japan representing a large body of scientists in the country. He is a recipient of the Japan IBM Prize (2006) and the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Prize (2009). He is also a founder of the IBM Quantum Computer Network Hub at Keio University.


Philippe Chomaz

Basic Research Division of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA)

Philippe CHOMAZ, pupil of Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris 1980-1984, obtained his PhD in 1984 in Orsay and his habilitation in 1995 in Caen. He has been CNRS – French Center for Scientific Research – researcher at Orsay, visiting scientist at Berkeley in the DOE National Lab, CEA researcher at Caen, deputy director of GANIL – French Heavy Ion Accelerator Center – and director of CEA-Irfu – the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of Universe – at Saclay. Since 2016, he is the executive Scientific Director of CEA Basic Research with 50 laboratories and 6270 staff. He published about 200 papers in nuclear, quantum and statistical physics with about 8000 citations. He gave over 100 invited talks in major conferences as well as radio and tv shows. He has been President of SFP nuclear physics division, of European Center ECT, of Physics in the French research agency, of the large laboratories at CERN and Secretary of the 2012 CERN European Strategy. He has 39 years of experience in research at international level in various fields and 14 years in managing large laboratories and organizations in an international context. At GANIL, he scientifically operated a facility with 750 users from 30 countries and worked with local authorities to inform the public about the nuclear facility. At IRFU, he ran a laboratory of 800 people with challenging projects and led CEA strategy in astrophysics and nuclear, particles and astroparticles physics and related technologies. As executive scientific director of CEA Basic Research Division, he has broadened his scientific and managerial leadership within CEA and at the European level. Since 2016, Philippe CHOMAZ is strongly involved in the quantum flagship in Europe, in France and at CEA. He is one of the leaders of the Coordination Support Action in charge of developing use-cases and international cooperation.


Freeke Heijman

QuTech, Delft University of Technology

Freeke Heijman is director strategic development at QuTech in Delft and special advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy on Quantum Technologies. In this context she is responsible for the Dutch national policy and investments in Quantum Technology, international partnerships such as the NL participation in the EU flagship and development of the Delft Quantum Campus ecosystem. She is a 50-50 liaison between the Ministry and the QuTech Center and represents The Netherlands in European committees such as the FET Flagship Board of Funders. She has extensive experience in European and national space, industrial and innovation policies including in the role of head of unit. She graduated at the TU Delft Policy Analysis and Systems Engineering department in 1999 and started her career at KPN Research. Her passion is to drive innovation at the crossroad of academia, business and government.


Alexander Cronin

United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Quantum Coordination Office

Alexander Cronin joined the United States’ National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) shortly after it was established, in March, 2019, by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to the National Quantum Initiative Act. Cronin works at the NQCO on detail from the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he is a Program Director for the Quantum Information Science program and the Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics Experiment program in NSF’s Physics Division. Cronin received a BS in Physics from Stanford University in 1993, a PhD in Physics from the University of Washington in 1999, and was a postdoc at MIT from 1999-2002. Cronin is a Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Physics with a joint appointment in the College of Optical Sciences. Cronin’s research team uses an atom interferometer to measure atom-surface van der Waals interactions, atomic polarizabilities, and tune-out wavelengths; and to study quantum decoherence processes. Cronin has authored over 40 articles on atom optics and another 20 on solar power plants. Cronin has won several teaching awards including: the University of Arizona Koffler Prize for teaching in 2009; the Early Career Distinguished Teaching Award from the UA College of Science in 2008; and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from the UA Department of Physics in 2005. In 2019, Cronin received an NSF Director’s Award for his work with the NSF Quantum Leap Working Group.