Honorific fellowships fund research into quantum sensors and trustworthy AI

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 11, 2022

The Graduate School has selected two Princeton ECE graduate students for honorific fellowships in the 2022-2023 academic year. Lila Rodgers won a Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship; Vikash Sehwag won a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship.

The Graduate School’s honorific fellowships recognize students in their later years of graduate study and provide full tuition support and a stipend that exceeds the base rate. The Jacobus Fellowship, given to one Ph.D. student in each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and engineering) is the most prestigious of the honorific fellowships. Awardees are chosen for their exceptional scholarship.

Lila Rodgers

Rodgers, from Syracuse, N.Y., studies diamonds as a material underpinning for quantum-information technologies. She has focused on a common type of defect in diamond crystal lattices that, if optimized and harnessed, could allow engineers to turn a diamond’s color centers into the building blocks of a quantum sensor. She is advised by Nathalie de Leon, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Vikash Sehwag

Sehwag, from Haryana, India, studies artificial intelligence systems to improve their trustworthiness in complex, real-world settings. He is particularly interested in using generative models to imbue AI with something like human imagination, with the goal to make it work reliably into unknown future conditions, especially in safety-critical applications such as self-driving cars. He is co-advised by Prateek Mittal, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Mung Chiang, formerly Princeton’s Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering and now dean of engineering at Purdue University.