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Chorafas Award


Writer(s): Steve Scherer


Yudong Cao, a Computer Science graduate student studying with Professor Sabre Kais, received the prestigious 2016 Chorafas Award in Informatics and Computer Science for his work on quantum computation. Yudong’s research focuses on improving and optimizing the resource needed for simulating quantum many-body interactions, a task which is usually beyond classical computing paradigms. As one of the first theses produced in the department on the emerging area of quantum computation, this award marks the Purdue’s presence in the field.

The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation awards scientific prizes for outstanding work in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath.  Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing.

Yudong graduates in December and has already started a postdoc research position at Harvard.