Quantum researcher among three Princeton Engineering faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Jeff Thompson is one of ten Princeton scientists, including three faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, selected to receive a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship, a highly competitive grant given to outstanding young scholars working at the frontiers of their fields.

The fellows are among 126 scientists chosen for the award from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Princeton earned the most fellowships of any single-campus institution, with at least one winner from each field.

Thompson, assistant professor of electrical engineering, researches applied physics, photonics and quantum information. His work explores methods to control individual atoms in order to harness their quantum properties for computing, communications and sensing technology. He joined the faculty in 2016.

To see the full list of Princeton recipients, see this story.

Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue any lines of inquiry that interest them, and they are permitted to employ their two-year grant of $70,000 in a wide variety of ways to further their research aims. Since the first awards were created in 1955, some 226 faculty from Princeton University have received a Sloan Research Fellowship. The foundation is a New York City-based philanthropic institution established by Alfred Sloan Jr., then-president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corp.