Congratulations to CQT's quantum doctors

Graduates of the CQT PhD programme - ten this year - move into academia and industry
18 July 2018

CQT graduates at NUS Commencement 2018
CQT PhD graduates Sanjib Ghosh (left) and Lim Chin Chean (right) celebrate at the NUS Commencement 2018 with Principal Investigator Berge Englert (centre), who oversees the CQT graduate programme.

Two graduates of CQT's PhD programme arrived in gowns and mortarboards on 17 July to collect their degrees in person at the commencement cermony of the National University of Singapore. They were among ten CQT students who were officially awarded their doctorate degrees during this year's commencement.

CQT's Director Artur Ekert says "Congratulations to our new quantum doctors! We are proud of the contributions that CQT students make to the Centre’s research as they work towards their PhDs. These young people who work at the frontiers of quantum technologies can do anything they put their minds to – we look forward to seeing what they do next.”

CQT graduates move into new roles in Singapore and around the world. A majority continue in research. This year, for example, Filip Auksztol moved within the Centre for Quantum Technologies to accept a postdoctoral position in a new group, while Aarthi Sundaram moved to the United States to become a Hartree Postdoctoral Fellow at the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, a partnership between the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Some of the Centre's graduates have moved into industry too, with alumni at companies including Apple, Schlumberger and KLA Tencor.

Among this year's graduates there is also entrepreneurial spirit: Ewan Munro was accept into the Entrepreneur First programme in Singapore after finishing his PhD. This provides support for up to three months to develop a business proposal, which can then compete for additional seed funding. He teamed up with CQT alumnus Tommaso Demarie, also in the same Entrepreneur First cohort, to found a startup called Entropica Labs.

Prospective PhD students can find out more about the programme at CQT on our website.

Find a full list of this year's graduates and their thesis titles below. To read the theses, go here.

PhD Graduates, 2018


Aarthi Sundaram
On Classical and Quantum Constraint Satisfaction Problems in the Trial and Error Model
Supervised by Miklos Santha
CQT PhD Programme

Alexandre Roulet
Quantum Devices Made of Atoms
Supervised by Valerio Scarani
CQT PhD Programme

Ewan Munro
Optically Induced Dipole-Dipole Interactions in Atomic Ensembles
Supervised by Kwek Leong Chuan
CQT PhD Programme

Filip Auksztol
Tailored Optical Potentials For Atomtronic Devices
Supervised by Rainer Dumke
CQT PhD Programme

Frederic Leroux
Non-Abelian Geometrical Quantum Gate Operation in an Ultracold Strontium Gas
Supervised by Kwek Leong Chuan and David Wilkowski
CQT PhD Programme

Sanjib Ghosh
Momentum Signatures of the Anderson Transition
Supervised by Berge Englert
CQT PhD Programme

Han Jingshan
Electromagnetically Induced Transparency and Microwave-to-Optical Conversion Using Rydberg Atoms
Supervised by Wenhui Li
CQT PhD Programme

Lim Chin Chean
Transport and Interaction of Rb87 Atoms in a Dilution Fridge
Supervised by Rainer Dumke
CQT PhD Programme

Marek Jan Wajs
New Tools to Investigate Non-Classical Correlations
Supervised by Dagomir Kaszlikowski and Pawel Krzysztof Kurzynski
CQT PhD Programme

Roland Esteban Hablutzel Marrero
Nonlinear Quantum Optics and Thermodynamics with Three Trapped Ions
Supervised by Dzmitry Matsukevich
CQT PhD Programme