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Walsworth, Ronald

Walsworth, Ronald

Minta Martin Professor
Founding Director, Quantum Technology Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Quantum Technology Center
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Joint Quantum Institute
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
2218 Kim Engineering Building

Ronald Walsworth leads an interdisciplinary research group with a focus on developing precision measurement tools and then applying them to problems in both the physical and life sciences.  Multiple start-up companies have spun out of the Walsworth lab, with others being planned. He is also a Professor in the UMD Department of Physics and Founding Director of the UMD Quantum Technology Center.


1991: Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University

1984: B.S. in Physics, Duke University

Awards and honors

  • Francis Pipkin Award in Precision Measurements, American Physical Society, 2005
  • ​Distinguished Traveling Lecturer, American Physical Society, 2002-present
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2001
  • Smithsonian Institution Exceptional Service Award, 1993
  • Duke University Faculty Scholar Award, 1984

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Cheng Gong’s Super-Performance Energy-Efficient Devices (SPEED) featured in Nature Electronics

“Small-voltage multiferroic control of two-dimensional magnetic insulators”

Walsworth's New Company Adds to College Park Quantum Ecosystem

Company seeks to identify the most promising ideas in quantum technology and create companies that can translate the technology into solutions for society.

Maryland Engineering Collaborates on Three MURIs

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards support growth of newly emerging technologies.

Diamonds Are a Quantum Sensing Scientist’s Best Friend

ECE Professor and QTC Founding Director Ronald Walsworth featured on an episode of JQI's Relatively Certain podcast.

Kollár Receives NSF MRI Grant to Enhance Micro/Nanofabrication Initiatives

The MLA150 instrument supports various research projects in materials science, nanoscience, energy science, and quantum science.

UMD joins NSF-funded revolutionary $25M center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies

The University of Maryland is one of 11 academic institutions that make up the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD).

Gong Lab Publishes Two Papers Related to 2D Quantum Materials Sensors and Receives MII Funding

Prof. Gong and students leverage quantum materials to to detect tiny quantities of airborne molecules.

QTC-MITRE Collaboration Receives Best Paper Award at EDFAS 2020

QTC Researchers collaborate with MITRE and Harvard to present a new method for backside integrated circuit (IC) magnetic field imaging using Quantum Diamond Microscope (QDM) nitrogen vacancy magnetometry.

Quantum Technology Center Adds Three New Fellows

Drs. Joseph Britton, Jonathan Hoffman, and Kevin Cox are joining QTC from the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory.

QTC Awarded $1.5M from the Department of Energy for Research on Quantum Diamond Magnetometers

The project utilizes advancements in quantum sensing with Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) centers in diamond to enable diagnostic capabilities in extreme environments.

Maryland Graduate Engineering Ranked #10 Public in the Nation

From extreme batteries to windows made from wood, Clark School’s trendsetting work ranks it among the country’s Top 10 public engineering schools for the 3rd consecutive year.

Micron-scale NMR Spectroscopy using Diamonds

SABRE-enhanced NV-NMR may become a high-impact tool for biological applications, such as tracking and monitoring of chemical reactions of metabolites in single cells.

QTC, NRL Announce New Partnership to Spur Quantum Innovation

The University of Maryland's Quantum Technology Center (QTC) entered today into an Education Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to identify and pursue opportunities related to quantum technology research.

QTC Researchers Combine QDM and ML to Noninvasively Probe an Integrated Circuit

A Quantum Diamond Microscope, augmented with Machine Learning, has been used to noninvasively probe activity within an integrated circuit.

Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene

UMD Professor and Quantum Technology Center Director, Ronald Walsworth, and his colleagues, have developed a way to use diamonds to see the elusive details of electrical currents.

Delivering on Quantum Innovation

The University of Maryland (UMD) has announced the launch of the Quantum Technology Center (QTC), which aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies.

Ronald Walsworth Joins UMD’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ronald (Ron) Walsworth joined the University of Maryland in August as a Minta Martin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and as Director of the Quantum Technology Center.

University of Maryland Launches Quantum Technology Center

The new research center will catalyze the development of high-impact quantum technologies.

American Physical Society (APS)