Dr. Purdy is interested in harnessing the quantum effects intrinsic in the mechanical interaction of light with macroscopic mechanical resonators to improve measurement and metrology. Previously, Dr. Purdy worked as a physicist in the Quantum Optics Group, Quantum Measurement Division, PML at NIST. Before joining NIST, Dr. Purdy has worked on a wide variety of optomechanical systems as a postdoctoral researcher at JILA and in his graduate work at UC Berkeley.
Ken Jordan received his B.A. in Chemistry from Northeastern University and then his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then was an Instructor and then an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. He has received numerous academic honors, and the 2014 Kenneth Jordan Festschrift Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry was dedicated to his lifetime achievements. He has held several positions on editorial, advisory, and executive boards, and is currently a Co-Director of the Center for Simulation & Modeling at Pitt.
Brian D’Urso received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from Harvard University, where his work contributed to a new measurement of the electron g-factor, which currently provides the most accurate measurement of the fine structure constant. He then went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow and remained as a member of the ORNL Research then Senior Research Staff until 2008, where he led a team in developing nanostructured materials and novel fabrication techniques. In 2009, he joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Physics while remaining a joint faculty member at ORNL. Currently, he is working as a assistant professor in Montana State University.
The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute was established in 2012 to help unify and promote research in quantum science and engineering in the Pittsburgh area. PQI members have faculty appointments from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh in physics, chemistry, and engineering disciplines.