Competition: US & Canada
Alexandre Blais is a professor of physics at the Université de Sherbrooke where he is the scientific director of the Institut quantique. Blais’ theoretical work focuses on superconducting quantum circuits for quantum information processing and microwave quantum optics. He is an active participant in the development of the field of circuit quantum electrodynamics (circuit QED), a leading quantum computer architecture. He is a member of the Quantum Information Science program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research contributions have earned him a number of academic awards, including NSERC’s Steacie Prize, the Canadian Association of Physicists’ Herzberg and Brockhouse Medals, the Prix Urgel-Archambault from the Association francophone pour le savoir, and the Rutherford Memorial Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.
Photo Credit: Michel Caron – Université de Sherbrooke.