David Awschalom

Liew Family Professor
Institute for Molecular Engineering

David Awschalom is one of the world’s leading research scientists in quantum information engineering and spintronics, which involves understanding and manipulating the spin of electrons for advanced computing, medical imaging, encryption, and other technologies. Most recently, he has served as Director of the California Nanosystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award (1987), the Outstanding Investigator Prize from the Materials Research Society (1992), International Magnetism Prize and Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (2003), Oliver E. Buckley Prize from the American Physical Society (2005), Agilent Europhysics Prize from the European Physical Society (2005), Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006), and David Turnbull Award from the Materials Research Society (2010).

Awschalom is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

He received his BS in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and his PhD in experimental physics from Cornell University.

Awschalom’s appointment will begin in January 2013.