QuICS Graduate Student Receives CMNS Outstanding Graduate Student Award

April 18, 2023

A graduate student in the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) has been recognized by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences for his excellence in research and scholarship.

Jacob Bringewatt, a doctoral student in physics advised by QuICS Fellow Alexey Gorshkov, will be honored on April 21 with the CMNS Board of Visitors Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award recognizes a top doctoral candidate in the college and comes with a $5,000 prize.

"I feel very honored to receive this recognition,” says Bringewatt, who also does graduate work in the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI). “Scientific research is never an individual effort and, having pursued both my undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Maryland, I am extremely grateful to the university and all the people who are part of it who have enabled me to grow and excel as a young scientist. I especially am thankful for my many excellent advisers and mentors, including Alexey Gorshkov, Zohreh Davoudi, Michael Jarret, Bill Dorland, and Stephen Jordan, who have always struck an ideal balance of steering me in the right direction and giving me the freedom to follow my curiosity wherever it leads.”

Bringewatt’s research explores topics in quantum information and quantum computing theory, including research into quantum simulation algorithms and how to make better quantum sensors.

"It's an honor for me to be Jake's collaborator and adviser," says Gorshkov, who is also a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a JQI Fellow.

—Story by Bailey Bedford, JQI communications team