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Jacob Taylor (Fed)

Jake Taylor is a NIST Fellow, a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), and co-founder and Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). He served from 2017-2020 as the first Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and founded and led the National Quantum Coordination Office ( from 2019-2020.

Fascinated with astrophysics as an undergraduate, Taylor began his research career examining rarified gases and stellar clusters. A one-year position as a Luce Scholar introduced him to special-purpose computing, and in graduate school he returned to Harvard to focus on quantum computing. After receiving his PhD in physics, he moved to MIT as a Pappalardo Fellow, before starting his research group at NIST, and joining the JQI, in 2009. Five years later, he co-founded QuICS --- a joint governmental-academic effort --- to connect computer scientists and physicists working on quantum coherent devices. From 2017-2020, he was detailed to OSTP to help guide the Nation’s effort to advance American leadership in quantum information science. His efforts there helped enable the passage and implementation of the National Quantum Initiative, including standing up and directing the National Quantum Coordination Office, in additional to advancing the future of high performance computing by developing the National Strategic Computing Initiative’s 2020 strategic plan and through the co-creation of the COVID-19 HPC Computing Consortium. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, Taylor is also the recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals, the IUPAP C15 Young Scientist Award, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal: Call to Service, the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, and the Newcomb Cleveland prize of the AAAS.


Toward Robust Autotuning of Noisy Quantum Dot Devices

Joshua Ziegler, Thomas McJunkin, Emily Joseph, Sandesh Kalantre, Benjamin Harpt, Donald Savage, Max Lagally, Mark Eriksson, Jacob Taylor, Justyna Zwolak
The current autotuning approaches for quantum dot (QD) devices, while showing some success, lack an assessment of data reliability. This leads to unexpected

Trapped electrons and ions as particle detectors

Jacob Taylor, Daniel Carney, Hartmut Haffner, David Moore
Electrons and ions trapped with electromagnetic fields have long served as important high- precision metrological instruments, and more recently have also been

Patents (2018-Present)


NIST Inventors
Jacob Taylor
This invention consists of a design model of a microwave circulator reliant on the motion of a single persistent-current vortex in a small superconducting circuit of Josephson junctions to induce nonreciprocal behavior. The model indicates the capability of enabling a small-scale, moderate-bandwidth

Optomechnical Gravimeter

NIST Inventors
Jacob Taylor and Jon R. Pratt
An optomechanical gravimeter includes: a first and second accelerometer; and a spacer member interposed between the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer such that the first accelerometer and the second accelerometer independently include: a basal member; a test mass disposed on the basal
Photonic thermometer packages

Optical Temperature Sensor

NIST Inventors
Zeeshan Ahmed , Stephen Semancik , Jacob Taylor and Gregory F. Strouse
A thermometer includes a substrate; an optical resonator disposed on the substrate and including an optical resonance, the optical resonator being configured to receive a resonant frequency corresponding to the optical resonance; and a waveguide disposed on the substrate proximate to the optical
This image of a chart titled "How does it work" that describes the optomechanical reference.

Optomechanical Reference

NIST Inventors
Gordon A. Shaw and Jacob Taylor
An optomechanical reference includes a basal member; a flexure that includes: a floating link; a first flexural member; and a second flexural member such that: the floating link is moveably disposed; a first stator; a second stator; a first cavity including: a first primary mirror; a first secondary
Created July 17, 2018, Updated December 8, 2022