David Awschalom is a pioneer in the field of semiconductor spintronics and quantum information engineering, performing experiments that explore photonics, electronics and semiconductor-based quantum information processing at the nanometer scale. His expertise involves understanding and manipulating the spin of electrons and nuclei for advanced computing, medical imaging, encryption and other technologies. He holds several patents, including in quantum computing, an experimental computer technology that could greatly outperform modern digital machines. Awschalom’s many honors include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.