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QIS profile: Joseph Lukens

ORNL's Joseph Lukens.

Joseph Lukens studies experimental and theoretical quantum information with an emphasis on photonic quantum systems compatible with fiber-optic communications. In this role, Joe works to develop advanced quantum networks that could serve as the foundation for a future quantum internet.

Substantial institutional investments in equipment and facilities, as well as  recent increases in federal funding from the Department of Energy and other agencies, have positioned Joe and his colleagues for rapid growth and success.

Joe earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 2015 and joined ORNL as a Wigner fellow the same year. His research interests and focus areas include experimental and theoretical quantum photonics, Bayesian methods, and optical communications.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, reading, listening to jazz, and playing the bass guitar.

“Don’t worry about failure: try anyway,” he said. “And if you fail enough, you just might stop worrying about it.”

Read more about Joe's career and research here.

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