Department of Computer Science and the College
William Fefferman’s primary research interest is quantum computing. His work focuses on developing tools that provide the foundation for building the next generation of quantum algorithms, with implications for computational complexity theory, physics, and cryptography.
In 2018, Fefferman received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award in support of his work on the computational power of near-term quantum experiments.
He earned his PhD in computer science at the California Institute of Technology and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science at the University of Chicago. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. Most recently, he was an assistant research professor at the University of Maryland and a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.