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Carl J. Williams

Deputy Director

Dr. Carl J. Williams ( is the Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute (, the Joint Center for Quantum Information in Computer Science (, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Williams received his B.A. in Physics from Rice University in 1981, his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987, joined NIST in 1998. In 2006, Dr. Williams helped establish the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Washington Academy of Science. He received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2003 for his leadership of the NIST Quantum Information Program, the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for science in 2008 for scientific contributions and was awarded the 2005 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Scientific Excellence in Government Service for his contributions to quantum physics. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Quantum Information and Computation, has authored over 120 scientific publications, and has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences.