Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have put resources into research teams striving to discover a path to quantum computing. At Microsoft, the quantum computing research effort is spearheaded by Microsoft Station Q.
The Magoon Awards are given to outstanding teaching assistants in memory of Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon. The eight recipients are: Shaobo Fang, Jose D. Esquitin Hinzpeter, I-Fan Lin, Wonil Chung, Debasmit Das, Vipul Vishnu Bhat, Elizabeth Grubbs, and Hung-Yi Lo.
This award is only given to one paper each year. The paper, titled "Millimeter Wave Beamforming for Wireless Backhaul and Access in Small Cell Networks", was written with recent PhD students Sooyoung Hur and Taejoon Kim.
Two ECE faculty were promoted this year. Alexandra Boltasseva was promoted to Full Professor, while Yong Chen, who is also in Physics and Astronomy, was also promoted to Full Professor. The promotions are effective with the 2016-2017 academic year.