Quantum Specialist Elected APS Fellow

USC engineer Daniel Lidar is recognized for his contributions to quantum information processing.
By Eric Mankin
Lidar earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1997.

Daniel Lidar, who came to USC in 2005 as co-founder and now director of the Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology, has been elected a fellow of the 46,000-member American Physical Society.

Lidar, who co-hosted the world’s first Quantum Error Correction Conference on USC’s University Park campus in December, has a joint appointment with the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC College Department of Chemistry.

His research interests are in control of quantum systems, in particular quantum information processing. He has published more than 110 technical papers on these subjects, has two patents and has supervised 11 postdoctoral fellows and the dissertation research of six Ph.D. students.

“Our faculty joins me in congratulating Daniel Lidar on his election as a fellow of APS and recognizing his research accomplishments in quantum information processing,” said Alexander A. Sawchuk, systems chair of the Hsieh Department.

Lidar came to USC following five years on the faculty of the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997.

The American Physical Society Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who have advanced knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the society.