2018 Innovator Under 35: Archana Kamal

Archana Kamal, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

She solved a big problem in quantum computing by shrinking the components.

Archana Kamal, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Archana Kamal’s research focuses on enabling quantum information technologies with systems that can exploit and control delicate quantum effects at macroscopic scales. During both her graduate studies at Yale and her postdoctoral work at MIT, Kamal actively worked at the interface of theoretical and experimental aspects of superconducting quantum circuits, which are currently the leading candidate among quantum computing platforms. While her experimental work enabled new high-coherence superconducting qubit designs, her theoretical work was instrumental in pioneering the field of “magnet-free nonreciprocity,” a crucial ingredient for on-chip signal processing and high-efficiency quantum measurements. She currently leads the QUEST group (for “Quantum Engineering Science and Technology”) at UMass Lowell, which strives to answer theoretical questions in areas such as use of large-scale entanglement for quantum computing, meeting and beating quantum limits of measurement, and simulating quantum effects in the early universe.

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Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.