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Alumni Success Spotlight: David DiVincenzo '72

is the Director of the Institute of Theoretical Nanoelectronics at the Peter Grünberg Institute in Jülich, Germany and is a professor at the Institute for Quantum Information of RWTH Aachen University. He is considered an eminent authority on quantum information processing and his name is associated with the development of criteria for the quantum computer, known as the DiVincenzo Criteria.

David was a long-distance commuter to Waldron. “Having seen many other children taught over the years (including my own) I would say that the Waldron staff of my day had extraordinary dedication!” David remembers.

Well-trained by WMA to go in any direction, David set off towards math and science at St. Joe's Prep. Expecting that education had to take one towards "something practical," he enrolled in the engineering school at the University of Pennsylvania. But he was inexorably drawn to the obscure - leading to his PhD thesis where he worked out a quantum mechanics theory that is still in use today.

Subsequently, David served as a research scientist and manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he developed theories around the quantum computer. We are proud to have David among the ranks of our amazing Waldron Mercy graduates!

*Published in the Winter 2021 issue of the Blue & Gold*


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