Paul Dieterle

Hertz Fellow: Paul Dieterle

Harvard University

Area of Study

Quantum Physics

Fellowship Years

2016 - present

Paul Dieterle is a senior at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and, as a Hertz Fellow, will pursue his PhD in quantum physics at Harvard University. Born alongside his twin brother in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paul grew up in several states before attending West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. While in high school, he discovered the joys of physics, exploring the mountains, and creative writing. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and his photography has been published in Climbing Magazine. As an athlete, he has climbed cliffs and peaks across North America, and once ran a marathon on a dare.

Paul's research interests lie under the broad umbrella of quantum science, specifically the physics of superconducting quantum circuits and photon-phonon interactions, and many-body interactions. His work on electromechanical devices is in review at Physical Review Applied, and he has several other experiments and collaborations in progress. These efforts are building toward his long-term goals of constructing integrated quantum systems to explore both fundamental and application-oriented physics. In addition to his coursework and research, he has served as a student advocate, chairman of the Academic Honor Code Committee, and an advisor to administrators at Caltech.