Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Young Engineer Award (see link here) from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). “This award recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished himself/herself through a sequence of achievements which may be technical (within the MTT-S field of interest), may constitute exemplary service to the MTT-S, or may be a combination of both,” as the recognition letter from the IEEE explains.
Bardin’s IEEE award citation acclaims him “for outstanding early career achievements for fundamental work in the area of ultra-low-noise technology with application to emerging sensor and communication systems.” The award consists of a recognition plaque and an honorarium of $1,500.
Bardin received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, UCLA, and the California Institute of Technology respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2009 to 2010 he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Caltech High Speed Integrated Circuits Group. In 2010, he joined UMass Amherst. Since the fall of 2017, Bardin has also been with the Google Quantum AI Group.
Among other achievements, Bardin is the recipient of an National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award, an Office of Naval Research Award from its Young Investigator Program, the UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and a UMass Convocation Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activities.
Bardin is the head of the Quantum RF Group in the ECE department. As he explains, “We perform basic research on CMOS and BiCMOS integrated electronics to control and measure quantum devices such as qubits, single photon detectors, and THz mixers. A common theme is that our devices are optimized to work at very low temperatures, often in the range of 4 to 20 degrees above absolute zero.” (June 2020)