Yale’s professor Shruti Puri wins young scientists award

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Yale Assistant Professor Shruti Puri. Photo: yale.edu

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences on Sept. 23, 2020, announced three winners and six finalists of the 2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, including Indian American Shruti Puri, PhD of Yale University, Connecticut.

Puri, an Assistant Professor was named a Finalist for her “extraordinary theoretical discoveries in quantum information storage and quantum computing. In quantum computing systems, error (noise) is an obstacle to accuracy and computational advantage,” the foundation said in a statement.

She will be awarded $10,000 for the same, according to Blavatnik Foundation.

“Shruti will become a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.  She will also be invited to present at the 2021 Blavatnik Science Symposium in front of the Blavatnik honoree community,” a spokesperson of the foundation said in an email to News India Times.

Puri’s theoretical and mathematical treatment of error led to the discovery of a completely new way of storing information in microwave photons (quanta of light), known as the Kerr-cat quantum bit.

According to the foundation, The Blavatnik Regional Awards honor outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and recognize researchers in three scientific categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. This year three award Winners and six Finalists were announced during the National Postdoc Appreciation Week in New York.

A distinguished jury of leading scientists and engineers from across the New York region selects. For the 2020 competition, there were 154 outstanding nominations from 24 academic institutions in the New York metropolitan region (Tri-State area).

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