Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering (2010 - 2016), Advisor: Paola Cappellaro.

The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
M. Eng. in Nuclear Engineering and Management (2008-2010), Advisor: Toshiso Kosako.

École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
Diplôme de l’École Polytechnique (2006-2009) with a Specialization in Physics.

Université de Montréal – École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
B.Eng. in Engineering Physics, International Dual Degree Program (2004-2008).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

My research interests are in the areas of atomic physics, quantum control, and quantum information processing, more specifically the characterization and control of open quantum systems.

California Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Pasadena CA, USA.
Postdoctoral scholar, Endres Lab, Scientific advisor: Manuel Endres (September 2016 - present).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Cambridge MA, USA. 
Research assistant, Quantum Engineering Group, Scientific advisor: Paola Cappellaro.
Thesis: "Coherent control of electron spins in diamond for quantum information science and quantum sensing".
Designed, built, and calibrated experimental system to optically measure and manipulate electronic spins in diamond under ambient conditions, including confocal microscope, microwave control electronics, and software for data collection and analysis. Acquired hands-on experience in microstructure fabrication using cleanroom facilities, including FIB-SEM, photolithography, e-beam deposition, and acid cleaning. Acquired strong analytical skills and in-depth theoretical knowledge through advanced study of quantum mechanics, quantum measurements, quantum control, quantum optics, quantum computation, quantum information, magnetic resonance, and spin physics. Proficient in experiment planning, data acquisition, processing, and interpretation. (September 2010 – August 2016).

The University of Tokyo, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, Tokyo, Japan.
Research assistant, Radiation Protection Group, Scientific advisor: Toshiso Kosako.
Thesis: “Environmental Radon Estimation by Development of the Activated Charcoal Method and Radon Emanation Modeling”. Developed analytical models and experimental techniques for radon estimation in a variable environment using the activated charcoal method. Modeled radon emanation from soil particles and measured emanation rate from sand particles under various conditions of temperature and water saturation. The experimental work was carried out at the National Institute of Radiological Science, Chiba, Japan. (September 2008 – August 2010).

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Monju Fast Breeder Reactor Plant R&D Center, Tsuruga, Japan.
Title: A Comparative Evaluation Study on the Monju’s Core Characteristics using ERANOS and MEISTER Code Systems”. Conducted a numerical study of the performance of the sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor Monju. Served as a scientific delegate from the French Atomic Energy Commission, Reactor Core R&D Laboratory, Cadarache, France. (April 2008 – August 2008).

FELLOWSHIPS

  • IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech (2016-2018)
  • Government of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarships – Doctoral Program (2011-2014)
  • Fulbright Scholar Award (2010-2011)
  • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (2008-2010)
  • Government of Quebec (FQRNT) Research Scholarship (2009-2010)
  • Government of Canada (NSERC) Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (2008-2009)
  • Fondation de Polytechnique Excellence Entrance Scholarship (2004-2007)
  • McKinsey Business Technology practice of Canada Scholarship (2008)
  • CAE Fraser Elliot Scholarship (2008)
  • McConnell Foundation Scholarship (2007)
  • Professor of Polytechnique Scholarship (2006)
  • International Mobility Scholarship (2006)
  • Young Promotions Scholarship (2006)

AWARDS

  • Outstanding Student Service Award for exceptional service to the department and community from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT (2015).
  • Governor General of Canada’s Silver Academic Medal for graduating with the highest average (GPA: 4.0/4.0) at the undergraduate level at Université de Montréal – École Polytechnique de Montréal, the most prestigious award that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive (2008).
  • Quebec Order of Engineers’s Student Award of Merit to recognize the concern for excellence shown by engineering students, whose academic results and social and community commitment reflect the values of the profession (2008).
  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets Lord Strathcona Medal, which is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training (2004).

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

  • Student leader of the interdisciplinary Quantum Information, Science, and Engineering program at MIT. Led team of 5 students to organize 50+ seminars over 2 years for 150+ members with invited speakers from the local and international scientific community. Coordinated seminar series, social events, and journal club; managed budget and led fundraising efforts (2013 - 2016).
  • Chair of MIT Energy Club Lecture Series. Planned 8 seminars with top executives from the Energy industry (oil, solar, nuclear, wind, biofuel) for 50+ attendees (2012).
  • Student representative to the Board of Directors at École Polytechnique with acknowledgment for outstanding leadership skills (2006-2008).
  • Student representative to the Board of Directors at the cooperative bookstore of the University of Montreal (2004-2006).

PUBLICATIONS

  1. "Time-resolved magnetic sensing with electronic spins in diamond." A. Cooper, E. Magesan, H. Yum and P. Cappellaro, Nat. Commun. 5, 3141 (2014).
  2. "Compressing measurements in quantum dynamic parameter estimation." E. Magesan, A. Cooper and P. Cappellaro, Phys. Rev A 88, 062109 (2013).
  3. "Reconstructing the profile of time-varying magnetic fields with quantum sensors." E. Magesan, A. Cooper, H. Yum and P. Cappellaro, Phys. Rev. A 88, 032107 (2013).
  4. "Temperature calibration formula for activated charcoal radon collectors.” A. Cooper, TN. Le, T. Iimoto, T. Kosako, J Environ Radioact. 102, 1 (2011).

PATENTS

  1. "Time-resolved magnetic sensing with electronic spins in diamond." P. Cappellaro and A. Cooper-Roy, US20140340085 A1 (2014).

LANGUAGES

English (fluent), French (fluent), Chinese (conversational, 3 years), Japanese (conversational, 4 years), Spanish (basic, 2 years).

REFERENCES

References will be provided upon request.