Jon Yard

Associate Professor, Faculty
Jon Yard

Jon Yard, Associate Professor, joined the Institute for Quantum Computing in September 2016. He is jointly appointed with the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the Faculty of Mathematics and as an Associate Faculty member with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI).

Yard earned his doctorate under the supervision of information theorist Thomas Cover at Stanford University, where his theoretical research was focused on core questions in quantum information theory such as determining the capacities of noisy quantum channels and networks for distributing quantum information. Gradually shifting his attention towards quantum computing, Yard moved on to postdoctoral positions at McGill University, Caltech and Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Los Alamos, Yard was awarded the Richard P. Feynman Fellowship for his work in quantum communication theory.

As part of Microsoft’s Research Station Q team, Yard pursued connections between algebraic number theory and quantum computing, and also looked at the classification of topological states of matter.

At IQC, Yard will tackle complex mathematical problems and look for new solutions to existing problems by combining approaches from mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science.

Research Interests

  • Quantum information theory
  • Quantum computing
  • Algebraic number theory
  • Quantum field theory
  • Computational complexity theory


  • PhD, in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2000
  • BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997

Awards & Honours

Major Positions

Title Location When
Associate Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2016- Present
Associate Faculty Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 2016-Present
Postdoctoral Researcher
Microsoft Research Station Q 2012- 2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate Los Alamos National Laboratory 2007- 2012
Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics Caltech 2005-2007