2015 Governor General's Gold Medal Awarded to Dr. Kamyar Saeedi Ilkhchy
The 2015 Governor General’s Gold medal will be awarded to Dr. Kamyar Saeedi Ilkhchy for top academic achievement during his Ph. D. research in the Department of Physics. Gold medals are awarded annually at SFU to the two top graduate students who achieve the highest academic standing upon graduation from a master’s or doctoral degree program.
Kamyar came to SFU in 2008 after completing a very successful M. Sc. degree in Iran, and was immediately drawn to the exciting new possibilities and promises of quantum computing and other quantum technologies. He joined the research group of Prof. Mike Thewalt, investigating the unique properties of highly isotopically enriched silicon and their applications to quantum technologies. He participated in a number of high-impact studies, including first-authoring a paper in Science, which was selected by Physics World magazine as one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2013. This work formed the core of his Ph. D. thesis, which he successfully defended in July 2014. He is continuing his research into the quantum properties of silicon as a postdoctoral fellow in Europe, in the group of Prof. Ben Murdin of the University of Surrey.