Isaac Chuang

Professor, Physics; and Electrical Engineering; Senior Associate Dean, Digital Learning

Isaac Chuang is a professor of physics and electrical engineering at MIT and the senior associate dean for the Office of Digital Learning. His research interests include how physical systems can represent and process information and how nature can be understood in terms of information and computation. Chuang is a pioneer in the field of quantum information science. His experimental realization of two, three, five, and seven quantum bit quantum computers using nuclear spins in molecules provided the first laboratory demonstrations of many important quantum algorithms, including Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm. The error correction, algorithmic cooling, and entanglement manipulation techniques he developed provide new ways to obtain complete quantum control over light and matter, and lay a foundation for possible large-scale quantum information processing systems. Chuang earned a BS and MS in electrical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.