News: AEP

Selected news pieces highlighting accomplishments of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics faculty, students and alumni. 

CHESS celebrates 75 years of synchrotron light

Researchers at CHESS examine proteins that reveal new ways to fight cancer, battery cells that enable a charge far beyond current capabilities and structural materials that enable space travel to improve with lightweight, yet more structurally sound components. Read more

AEP Senior Leo Moon Wins CURB Award

By: Diane Tessaglia-Hymes

“Estimating ground states for large, frustrated quantum-spin systems (systems between magnetic interactions whose spins are not oriented to profit from the interaction with its neighbors) is of interest in quantum matter research, “ says Moon. “Solutions such as Variational Quantum Eigensolvers (VQE) that use a quantum circuit are one solution, but unless the exact ground energy is known, there is no method to evaluate the VQE's performance. “To solve this problem, I used simulations (simulating quantum circuits in a classical computer), to verify that the Hamiltonian Reconstruction distance... Read more

AEP Student wins Goldwater Scholarship

Abhi Sarma, an undergraduate research student in professor Peter McMahon's lab who is doing quantum-computing-algorithms research, just recently won a Goldwater Scholarship. Read more

AEP students win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2022

By: Diane Tessaglia-Hymes

Erin Fleck studies experimental condensed matter and material physics to understand why materials behave the way they do. She has been in Professor Lena Kourkoutis’ group since her freshman year doing electron microscopy. After graduation, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. Chloe Washabaugh’s research focuses on quantum transduction. She has worked in professor Greg Fuchs’s group since her freshman year, translating quantum information stored in molecular qubits to its physical environment and vice versa. After graduation, she will pursue her Ph.D. at the... Read more

David W. Meehl. Photo provided by Leslee Gorzynski

$10M gift boosts quantum science at Cornell

A $10 million gift from David W. Meehl ’72, MBA ’74, will grow the roster of faculty, students and equipment needed to study the mysterious behavior of matter at atomic and subatomic scales, strengthening the university’s position as a leader in quantum science and technology. Read more

Three from engineering win Navy Young Investigator Awards

Three assistant professors from Cornell Engineering have been selected from more than 220 applicants to receive Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program awards, which recognizes academic achievement and potential for significant scientific breakthrough. Read more

Peter McMahon, Ph.D.

AEP Professor Peter McMahon wins 2022 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award

The award includes a share of nearly $17 million in funding to conduct innovative scientific research that will benefit the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The ONR YIP awards support postdoctoral and graduate student stipends and scholarships, the acquisition of laboratory equipment, and other expenses critical to the planned research. Dr. McMahon researches how physical systems can be engineered to perform computation in new ways that provide benefits over current processors. In his proposed ONR project, his group will explore how to use analog superconducting circuits as neural networks for... Read more