David Collins

I am a Professor of Physics in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Colorado Mesa University. I teach a variety of physics courses, ranging from non-technical general education courses to upper division courses such as quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical physics.

My research interests are quantum computing and quantum information. Currently my research investigates theoretical issues although in the past I have conducted experimental demonstrations of quantum computing.

I received a BSc(Hons) degree in Physics from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa in 1988 and a PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 under the supervision of Prof. Cécile DeWitt-Morette. In 1998 I joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, where I carried out theoretical and experimental research in the field of quantum computation. I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University from 2000 to 2003. I was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University from 2003 to 2006. I joined the faculty of Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College) in the Fall of 2006.