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Former Group Members


Postdoctoral fellows:
Name Affiliation [and background] Afterwards...
Seth Aubin Postdoctoral fellow, Sept 2003-Sept 2006
[Ph.D. Stoney Brook, Orozco gp]
07-12: Asst. Professor, Dept of Physics, College of William & Mary
13-: Assoc. Professor, Dept of Physics, College of William & Mary
Scott Beattie Postdoctoral fellow, Oct 2012-March 2014
[Ph.D. York, Kumarakrishnan gp]
10-12: Postdoc, Hadzibabic gp, Cambridge
14-: Scientific Staff, NRC
David McKay Postdoctoral fellow, fall 2012
[Ph.D 2012 UI Urbana-Champaign (DeMarco gp)]
13-14: Postdoc U. Chicago, Schuster gp (Superconducting Qubits)
15-: Research Staff Member, IBM Yorktown Heights
Jason McKeever Postdoctoral fellow, Feb 2007-Dec 2009
[Ph.D. Caltech, Kimble gp]
04-07: Marie Curie fellow, ENS Paris
10-14: Senior Scientist, Entanglement Technologies (Palo Alto)
14-15: System Specialist, Xiphos Technologies (Montreal)
16-: Systems Lead, GHGSat, Inc. (Montreal)
Stefan Myrskog Postdoctoral fellow, Jan 2004-Apr 2006
[Ph.D. Toronto, Steinberg gp]
06-08: Research Associate, UofT ECE (gp of Peter Smith & Ted Sargent)
08-10: Lead Photovoltaic Scientist, Morgan Solar (Toronto)
10-: Director of Science, Morgan Solar
Ben Olsen Postdoctoral fellow, Sept 2016-June 2018
[Ph.D. Princton, Happer gp]
18-: Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS, Singapore
Karl Pilch Postdoctoral fellow, Mar-Nov 2009
[Ph.D. Innsbruck, Grimm gp]
10-: Senior Engineer, Infineon Technologies Austria (Villach)
Thorsten Schumm Postdoctoral fellow, May-July 2006
[Ph.D. Heidelberg, Aspect/Schmiedmayer]
06-10: Assistant Professor, TU Wien, Austria
10-: Group leader, Thorium Group, Atom Institute
Stefan Trotzky Postdoctoral fellow, 2012-2017
[graduate work at Mainz+Munich, with I. Bloch]
17-: Senior Optical Engineer, Metamaterials Technologies Inc. (Halifax)
Fudong Wang Postdoctoral fellow, 2016-2018
[graduate work at CUHK, with Dajun Wang]
19-: Assistant Researcher, SIQSE-SUSTech (Shenzhen)

Graduate students:
Name Degrees, fellowships [and background] Afterwards...

Alma Bardon

Ph.D. 2014
NSERC CGS Fellow 2006-10
Walter C. Sumner Fellowship 2008-9
[B.Sc. Physics 2006 Mt. Allison]
14-15: Medical biophysics (Graham gp)
Sunnybrook Research Institute
15-17: Photovoltaic Scientist, Morgan Solar
17-: Senior Optical Engineer, Metamaterials Technologies Inc.(Halifax)

Nathan Cheng

M.Sc. 2012
NSERC CGS fellowship 2010-11
[B.Sc. Eng Phys 2010 McMaster University]
13-14: backpacking & e-commerce (Thailand; China, ...)
15-: Instructor (Guangzhou)
Hai-Jun Cho M.Sc. 2010
[B.Sc. 2009 Queen's University]
10-11: Ph.D. candidate in the Burch group
12-: Ph.D. candidate, Materials Science Engineering (Erb gp.)
Ryan Day M.Sc. 2014
[B.Sc. 2013 U. Toronto]

14-15: Research Assistant, Dept Physics, Dalhousie Univeristy (Dahn gp.)
15-: Ph.D. candidate, UBC Physics (Damascelli gp.)

Graham Edge Ph.D. 2016
NSERC CGS Fellow 2010-11, 2012-15
OGS fellowship 2011-12, 2015-16
[B.Sc. 2010 Queen's University]

16: Postdoc with Vutha group at U of T
17-: Data scientist, JW Player (New York)

Marcius Extavour Ph.D. 2009; M.Sc. 2004
OGS fellowship 2004-08
[B.A.Sc. 2003 UofT EngSci]
09-10: Analyst, Ontario Power Generation
10-11: Arthur H. Guenther Congressional science policy fellow
10-12: Canadian Science Policy Centre
12: Council of Canadian Academies: Science Policy Consultant
12-14: Director of Corporate Partnerships, University of Toronto
15-: Technical Director of Carbon XPRIZE Operations
Daniel Fine M.Sc. 2013
NSERC CGS-M fellow 2012-13
[B.Sc. Eng Phys 2010 Queen's University]

13-14: chef de cuisine, Edinburgh Scottland
15-: Inventing Quantum Cuisine in Toronto

Carolyn Kierans M.Sc. 2012
NSERC CGS-M fellowship 2011-12
[B.A. 2011 Simon Fraser University]
12-18: Doctoral student, U. Cal. Berkeley (Astrophysics)
14-17: NSERC PGSD Fellow
18-: Postdoc, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dylan Jervis Ph.D. 2014, M.Sc. 2007
[B.Sc. 2006 McGill]
14-16: Aerodyne Research, Inc.
17-: Systems Specialist, GHGSat, Inc. (Montreal)
Lindsay LeBlanc Ph.D. 2010; M.Sc. 2005
NSERC CGS fellow 2004-08
[B.Sc. 2003 University of Alberta]
10: DAMPhi Thesis prize winner
10-13: postdoc with Ian Spielman and Bill Phillips at NIST/JQI
11-13: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
13-: Assistant Professor, University of Alberta Dept of Physics
14-: Canada Research Chair in Ultracold Gases for Quantum Simulation
15-: Fellow, CIFAR Quantum Materials Program
Chris Luciuk Ph.D. 2017; M.Sc. 2013
[B.Sc. Physics 2012 UBC]
18-: Program Director, Data Scientist at Insight Data Science
Amir Mazouchi M.Sc. 2007
[B.Sc. EE 2005; M.Sc. Physics 2006 Sharif U.]

07-13: PhD Physics, Gradinaru group, UTM biophysics
14-16: Postdoc, Milstein gp, UTM biophysics
16-: SafeGuard Biosystems (Toronto)

Dave McKay Ph.D 2012 UI Urbana-Champaign (DeMarco gp)
NSERC PGS fellow 2006-10
12: Postdoc in our group
13-14: Postdoc U. Chicago, Schuster gp (Superconducting Qubits)
15-: Research Staff Member, IBM Yorktown Heights
Daniel Nino M.Sc. 2015
[B.Sc. (2014) UTM]
15-: Ph.D., Milstein gp
Haille Sharum M.Sc. 2018
[B.Sc. (2015) U. Alberta]
19-: Data analyst, City of Edmonton
Michael Sprague M.Sc. 2010
[B.Sc. 2009 Queen's University]
10-14: Ph.D. in the Walmsley gp, Oxford University
14-16: Systems Engineer and Physicst, Profound Medical Inc (Toronto)
16-: Senior Data Scientist at HERE

Undergraduates students:
Name Affiliation Afterwards...
Boris Braverman Undergraduate thesis, 2010-11 B.Sc. 2011, UofT physics.
11-17: Ph.D. program, MIT (Vuletic gp)
18-: Postdoctoral Fellow, U. Ottawa (Boyd gp)
David Burns NSERC USRA, summer 2006 B.Sc. 2007, Queen's University
07-09: Atomic Energy of Canada
09-12: M.D., McMaster U. School of Medicine
12-: Resident, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Toronto
Will Cairncross NSERC USRA, summer 2011 & 2013 B.Sc. 2013, Queen's University
13-18: Ph.D. candidate, U.C. Boulder, Cornell/Ye gp
19-: MPGQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard (Ni gp)
Barbara Cieslak B.A.Sc. Thesis 2005, UofT EngSci
Technical support, 2005-6
08: Multimedia Developer, Splashworks (Toronto)
18-: Developer, Prodigy (Burlington)
Wentao Cui CQIQC Undergraduate Fellowship, 2018 B.Sc. candidate, Physics, University of Toronto
Asya Danilova Developer, UCAN web site, 2005-10 05-10: Research Assistant, Miller Gp (Toronto)
10-14: Analyst, BMO Financial Group (Toronto)
15-: Senior Data Scientist, car2go | moovel GmbH (Stuttgart)
Ryan Day NSERC USRA, summer 2013 13-14: MSc. in our group
14-15: Research Assistant, Dept Physics, Dalhousie Univeristy (Dahn gp.)
15-: Ph.D. candidate, UBC Physics (Damascelli gp.)
Bernie Hsu NSERC USRA, summer 2018 B.Sc. candidate, Physics, UofT
Vincent Kan Undergraduate project, 2006-7
B.Sc. 2008, UofT
08-: Ph.D. candidate, Univ. of Virginia, Dept. of Chemistry
Ian Kivlichan NSERC USRA, summer 2012 B.Sc. Physics 2014, UofT
14-: Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University (Aspuru-Guzik gp.)
Ian Leroux Senior Thesis 2004-5

B.A.Sc. 2005, UofT EngSci
05-11: Ph.D., MIT (Vuletic gp).
06-10: NSERC PSG fellow.
11-13: Postdoc, Drewsen gp (Aarhus, Denmark)
13-: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany)
14-16: Humboldt Fellow (Schmidt gp.)
16-: Research Associate, National Research Council Canada

Dave McKay NSERC USRA, summer 2004 & 2005
Senior Thesis 2005-6
B.A.Sc. 2006, UofT EngSci
06-12: Ph.D physics, UI Urbana-Champaign (DeMarco gp)
06-10: NSERC PSG fellow
13-14: Postdoc U. Chicago, Schuster gp (Superconducting Qubits)
15-: Research Staff Member, IBM Yorktown Heights
Ryan McKenzie NSERC USRA, summer 2004
B.Sc. 2005 in Physics, UBC
08-16: Ph.D, UBC physics (Stamp gp)
Lenard Miller Undergraduate thesis, 2018-2019
Michael Morris NSERC USRA, summer 2018 B.Sc. candidate, Physics, UofT
Alena Nierhauve Undergraduate project, 2019
Alex Piggott NSERC USRA, summer 2010
B.A.Sc 2012, UofT EngSci
12-18: Ph.D., Stanford ECE (Vuvkovic gp)
18-: Silicon Photonics Senior Scientist, Pointcloud (San Francisco)
Gabriello Presenza NSERC USRA, summer 2009

09-11: Ph.D. candidate, UofT physics (Miller gp.) NSERC CSG fellow.
11-13: Magician, Mentalist and Hypnotist
14-15: MBA, Queen's University
15-: EventMobi (Toronto)

Chenge (Amy) Qu Undergraduate project, spring 2012
NSERC USRA, summer 2012
B.Sc. Physics 2014, UofT
14-15: M.Sc., Physics, Columbia University
15-: Ph.D. candidate,UBC Physics (Damascelli gp.)
Kirby Schiemann Undergraduate project, spring 2011
B.Sc. candidate, UofT
Phil Scrutton NSERC USRA summer 2003;
Research Assistant, 9/03 to 2/04
M.A.Sc. 2007, ECE dept, UofT
07-09: Millenium Research Group
09-: Director, Consumer Insight, BrandSpark International (Toronto)
Dave Shirokoff NSERC USRA, summer 2005 B.A.Sc. 2006, UofT EngSci
06-11: Ph.D. Applied Math, MIT
11-14: Postdoc, McGill Applied Math (Nave gp & Choksi gp)
15-: Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark)
Brian Shuve NSERC USRA, summer 2006.
Senior Thesis 2006-7
(winning the Centennial Thesis award!)
B.A.Sc. 2007, UofT EngSci
07-12: Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University (Randall gp)
12-14: Postdoc, Perimeter Institute and Institute for Particle Physics
15-16: Postdoc, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
16-: Assistant Professor, Harvey Mudd College (Claremont)
Iliya Sigal Research assistant, summer 2007 B.A.Sc. 2008, UofT EngSci
08-10: M.A.Sc, UofT ECE Dept, Aitchison gp.
10-12: Consultant, Deloitte (Toronto)
12-16: Ph.D., BioPhotonics, University of Toronto (Ofer Levi gp.)
14-16: VP Product Development, Enceladus Imagaing Inc. (Toronto)
16-: Senior Optical Design Engineer, ASML (Veldhoven)
Swati Singh NSERC USRA, summer 2003.
Senior thesis, 2003-4, McMaster University
B.Sc. Physics 2004, McMaster University
04-07: M.Sc Physics UBC, (Madison gp)
08-12: Ph.D. Physics, Univ. of Arizona (Meystre gp)
12-15: ITAMP Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University
16-17: Assistant Professor of Physics, Williams College (Williamstown VA)
18-: Assistant Professor, University of Deleware
John Simpson NSERC USRA, summer 2009. B.Sc. 2010, Queen's University
10-: PhD candidate Mech Eng, UCSB
10-14: NSERC PSG fellow
15-: Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
Julie Sutton NSERC USRA, summer 2008.
Senior Thesis, 2008-9.
B.A.Sc. 2009, UofT EngSci
09-16: Ph.D. candidate, Pollack gp, Cornell University
16-: Postdoctoral fellow, Biological Engineering, MIT
Tout Wang NSERC USRA, summer 2008. 08-14: Ph.D. physics, Harvard University (Ketterle gp, MIT)
15-17: M Squared Lasers (Boston)
17-: Assistant Professor of Physics, Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
Michael Yee NSERC USRA, summer 2007.
NSERC USRA Chair's Scholar, 2008.
Senior Thesis 2008-9.
B.A.Sc. 2009, UofT EngSci.
09-14: Ph.D., Harvard University (Hoffman gp)
09-12: NSERC PSG fellow
14-: McKinsey & Company (Toronto)
Hyun Youk NSERC USRA, summer 2003.

M.Sc. 2006, Johns Hopkins U
06-10: Ph.D. (Bio)Physics, MIT (van Oudenaarden gp)
10-11: Postdoc, MIT (van Oudenaarden gp)
12-14: Postdoc, UCSF (Lim gp)
15-: Assistant Professor of Physics & Quantitative Biology, Delft University


Visitors and exchange students:
Name Affiliation Afterwards...
Fabian Böttcher Ph.D. student, visiting form U. Stuttgart, Winter 2016 15: M.Sc. Physics, U. Stuttgart
16-: Ph.D. candidate, University of Stuttgart (Pfau gp)
Geyue (Frank) Cai Research Internship, summer 2016
Visiting from China
18-: Ph.D. candidate, U. Chicago, Chin gp
Tristan Gautie Research internship (as part of the Ecole Polytechnique
'Polytechnicien Engineer' program) Summer 2017
18: Diplome d'Ingénieur, Ecole Polytechnique (2018)
18-: Ph.D. candidate, ENS Paris, LPT
Michael Häffner Exchange student from U. Würzburg
Spring 2005
Dipl.-Phys. 2006, U Würzburg
06-10: Ph.D. physics, Tübingen (Kurn gp)
10-: Patent Law, Kohler Schmid & Möbus (Reutlingen, Germany)
Simon Heun Research Internship 2012 Dipl.-Phys. 2013, U. Kaiserslautern
14-: Consultant, PTA Hamburg
Thomas Maier Visiting graduate student, Fall 2012 Ph.D. candidate, University of Stuttgart (Pfau gp)
Technical Project Manager, Bosch Automotive Steering / Robert Bosch GmBH
Josefine Metzkes Visiting graduate student, 2008 from
Martin Luther U. Halle-Wittenberg
08-09: Diploma physics.
10-: Ph.D. candidate, Schramm gp, FZD Dresden-Rossendorf.
Tilman Pfau Senior sabbatical visitor, Spring 2010 Head of 5.Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart
Matthias Scholl Visiting graudate student, 2009-10 Dipl.-Phys. 2011 U. Kaiserslautern (Diplomarbeit Ott gp)
11-15: Doctoral student, Gerbier gp, ENS Paris
15-: Engineer, Faro Technologies Inc. (Stuttgart)
Micha Strauß Exchange student from U. Würzburg
Spring 2004
Dipl.-Phys. 2006, U Würzburg;
06-: Ph.D. candidate, U. Würzburg
Felix Stubenrauch postgraduate research internship, 2010

10: Dipl.-Phys. U. Kaiserslautern (Ott gp)
11-12: M.Sc. Applied Physics, U. Kaiserslautern
13: Capgemini Consulting
14-15: M.B.A., Rotman School (UofT)
16-: The Boston Consulting Group

Matthias Wenzel M.Sc. student, visiting from U. Suttgart, Fall 2013 14: M.Sc. Physics, U. Stuttgart
14-: Ph.D. candidate, University of Stuttgart (Pfau gp)
Christian Veit M.Sc. student, visiting from U. Suttgart, Fall 2013 14: M.Sc. Physics, U. Stuttgart
14-: Ph.D. candidate, University of Stuttgart (Pfau gp)
GaŽl Varoquaux Visiting graduate student, 2006
Ph.D. 2007 Physics, U Paris-Sud Orsay (Bouyer/Aspect pg)
08-10: postdoc INRIA parietal group
10-11: postdoc INSERM
12-: Permanent researcher, INRIA Saclay (Thirion gp)
Nicolas Zuber M.Sc. student, visiting from U. Suttgart, Fall 2014 15-: M.Sc. candidate, University of Stuttgart (Pfau gp)

Technical Staff:
Alan Stummer Research Laboratory Technician, 2003-2018 18-: Gone sailing