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Jeffrey H. Shapiro '67, SM '68, EE '69, PhD '70

Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1999 - present

Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1999 - present

Jeffrey H. Shapiro ’67 SM ’68 EE ’69 PhD ’70
Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1999 - present
Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics, 2001 - 2011

Jeffrey Shapiro is the Julius A. Stratton professor of electrical engineering at MIT and the former director of the Research Laboratory for Electronics. Professor Shapiro, four-time MIT alumnus, centers his research on the application of communication theory to optical systems. He is best known for his work on the generation, detection, and application of squeezed-state light beams, but he also works in the areas of atmospheric optical communication, coherent laser radar, and quantum information theory.  

Highlights of this interview include:

  • The lure of electrical engineering and optical communications.
  • Reflections on 40 years at MIT.
  • The importance of teaching; the challenges and rewards of administration.
  • Lessons from the Cub Scouts.
  • The future of quantum information theory.

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