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Connecticut Medals of Science and Technology

The Connecticut Medal of Science and the Connecticut Medal of Technology are the state’s highest honors for scientific and technological achievement in fields crucial to Connecticut’s economic competiveness. Modeled after the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation respectively, these awards are made by the State of Connecticut, with the assistance of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, in alternating years.

Unlike their federal counterparts, the state medals are designed to laud individuals, not teams or entire corporations. The work the awards honor must also have a "clear association with Connecticut," meaning it must have been performed in the state, at least in its final stages, or in a company or institution closely affiliated with the state.

Beginning with the 2004 Medal of Technology, the medals are awarded bi-annually in alternate years.

Criteria for the Connecticut Medal of Technology
Criteria for the Connecticut Medal of Science


Robert Schoelkopf, PhD
2017 Recipient
Connecticut Medal of Science

2017 Connecticut Medal of Science recipient Robert Schoelkopf,
Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics and director of the
Yale Quantum Institute, with CASE President Laura Grabel, left, and Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. [Photo: Frank Labanca]

Professor Robert Schoelkopf, Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics and Director of the Yale Quantum Institute, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Science for his seminal contributions to the entire field of quantum science and to the new field of circuit quantum electrodynamics.

Schoelkopf is a leading experimental physicist, whose research has helped establish the field of quantum computation with solid-state devices. Together with his faculty collaborators at Yale, Michel Devoret and Steven Girvin, Schoelkopf has pioneered the approach of integrating superconducting qubits with microwave cavities, known as Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics. This Yale architecture, in which quantum information can be distributed by microwave signals on wires, is widely believed to be the most scalable path to useful quantum computers in the near future, and has been adopted by a majority of other groups. Some of Schoelkopf’s other inventions include the Radio Frequency Single-Electron Transistor and the Shot Noise Thermometer.

“The State of Connecticut is proud to award the Connecticut Medal of Science to Robert Schoelkopf, who has made pioneering contributions to the field of quantum science,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “I am particularly pleased that Rob, a world leader in this field, is right here in Connecticut.”

In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Professor Schoelkopf is a dedicated advisor and mentor to graduate and postdoctoral students, currently supervising 5 postdoctoral scholars and 11 graduate students; he has mentored an additional 30 post-undergraduate scholars and students in the past. Additionally, he has reached out to the nonscientific community about this complex field and frequently is invited to present talks and seminars around the world. He is regularly called on to advise industry and federal agencies on the development and commercialization of quantum technologies, and he is a co-founder of Quantum Circuits, Inc., a Connecticut-based company working to deliver the first quantum computers.

Professor Schoelkopf earned a PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, he also received numerous awards and honors including recognition as a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. He has authored 145 papers in the field.

Professor Schoelkopf is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Connecticut
Medal of Science

Recipients:

Frederic M. Richards (1995)
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biophysics
and Biochemistry
Yale University

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Ronald R. Coifman (1996)
Professor of Mathematics
Yale University

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William C. Stwalley (2005)
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Head,
Physics Department
University of Connecticut

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Michael P. Snyder (2007)
Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular and
Developmental Biology
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Director of the Yale Center for Genomics and Proteomics
Yale University


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Robert R. Birge (2009)
Harold S. Schwenk, Sr., Distinguished Chair in Chemistry
University of Connecticut


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Steven L. Suib (2011)
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Head, Chemistry Department
University of Connecticut


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Thomas A. Steitz (2013)
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

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Joan A. Steitz (2015)
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

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Connecticut
Medal of Technology

Recipients:

H. Joseph Gerber (1995)
Founder, Chairman, and President
Gerber Scientific, Inc.

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Charles H. Kaman (1996)
Founder and
Chief Executive Officer
Kaman Corporation

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Anthony J. DeMaria (2004)
Founder and Chief Scientist
Coherent*DEOS, LLC

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Gene Banucci (2006)
Founder and Chairman
ATMI, Inc.

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Tso-Ping Ma (2008)
Raymond John Wean
Professor of
Electrical Engineering
Yale University

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Jonathan M. Rothberg (2010)
Chairman, CEO and Founder
Ion Torrent™

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Yaakov Bar-Shalom (2012)
Marianne E. Klewin Professor in Engineering and
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

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Frederick J. Leonberger (2014)
Principal of EOvation Advisors, LLC
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (ret.)
JDS Uniphase Corporation

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Cato T. Laurencin (2016)
University Professor, University of Connecticut
CEO, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering
Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health

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