Director of Research Operations, Intelligent Systems Engineering
Smith Research (2805 E. 10th Street) 151J
- PhD in Physical Chemistry at University of Colorado, 2003
- AB in Psychology at Harvard, 1993
After receiving his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Physical Chemistry, Dr. Ballard pursued a Beckman Fellowship at the Beckman Institute of Advance Science and Technology with Profs. Joseph Lyding and Martin Gruebele studying single molecule absorption and manipulation. Then at the National Oceaonographic and Atomospheric Administration, he designed a compact UV-Photometer for use on high altitude UAVs for tropospheric and stratospheric ozone distributions before returning to nanotechnology at Zyvex Labs. At Zyvex Labs, Dr. Ballard led programs related to Atomically Precise Manufacturing in silicon using scanning tunneling microscope lithography along with area-selective deposition techniques. He serves on several boards and conference committees and is personally involved in international efforts to advance quantum information. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and exploring the flora around Bloomington.