Britton L. T. Plourde


I am an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at Syracuse University, where I have been since January 1, 2005. I grew up in Reston, VA, in the Washington, DC area, then attended the University of Michigan, where I double-majored in physics and music. In 1993, I completed a B.S. in physics with honors and a B.Music in flute performance with honors. After moving to Urbana, IL in 1993, I started graduate school in physics at the University of Illinois. I was fortunate to work in the research group of Dale Van Harlingen, studying superconducting devices and vortices in superconductors, and I received my Ph.D. in 2000. During my time in Illinois, I also studied at the School of Music, obtaining an M.Music in flute performance in 1999, and I was the second flutist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, IL for three seasons. In the fall of 2000, I moved to Berkeley, CA where I had the honor of joining John Clarke's research group as a postdoctoral research associate. I worked with an excellent team of people there performing experiments on quantum coherence in superconducting devices. I made the cross-country move with my family from Berkeley to Syracuse at the end of 2004.