Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was elevated to IEEE Fellow in the organization’s 2023 class. The distinction was given to Chong for “contributions to the field of quantum computer architecture, compilation and optimization.”

Chong is the Lead Principal Investigator for the Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC) project, an NSF Expedition in Computing, and Chief Scientist for Quantum Software at ColdQuanta. He also serves as a member of the National Quantum Advisory Committee (NQIAC) which provides advice to the President and Secretary of Energy on the National Quantum Initiative Program.

In his current research, Chong seeks to reduce the gap between existing theoretical algorithms and practical quantum computing architectures, in order to more rapidly realize the potential of this new technology. His research interests also include emerging technologies for computing, multicore and embedded architectures, computer security, and sustainable computing.

He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, and 13 best paper awards. Chong has been funded by NSF, DOE, Intel, Google, AFOSR, IARPA, DARPA, Mitsubishi, Altera and Xilinx, has led or co-led over $40M in awarded research, and been co-PI on an additional $41M. He has also received the University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, one of the university’s highest faculty honors.

Chong is the 5th current member of the UChicago CS faculty to have been named an IEEE Fellow. Others include Andrew Chien, Ian Foster, Rebecca Willett, and Heather Zheng.

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