Contact Information

Campus Box 7911
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7911

Dr. William C Holton

Adjunct Professor

| Biography

Dr. William C. Holton received his B.S. degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina in 1952, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1957 and 1960. His thesis under Professor C. P. Slichter studied electron and nuclear magnetic resonance (ENDOR) of impurities in solids and critically examined adiabatic fast passage phenomena and spin coherence related to quantum computation. He is currently a Research Professor in the ECE Dept. at NC State University, an appointment he accepted in January 1996 on retiring as Vice President for Research Operations with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). His current research interest is nanodevices, biotechnology & quantum computing. In 2003 he received as well a joint appointment as Adjunct Professor at NCSU in Raleigh and UNC in Chapel Hill in Biomedical Engineering.

During his tenure at SRC, he directed SRC’s research program, participated in the definition and growth of SRC in its role as the semiconductor industry’s premier university research sponsor, created with others the initial SIA Semiconductor Roadmap, and was influential in the formation of SEMATECH, activities recognized by being awarded the 2005 National Medal of Technology. Before joining the SRC in 1984, Dr. Holton was Director of Research, Development & Engineering, and Chief Scientist for the Semiconductor Group of Texas Instruments Incorporated (530 research staff & 4500 development staff). In this capacity he directed the Semiconductor Research & Development Laboratories for manufacturing process development, the Computer Aided Design Division responsible for IC design software development and its application, Circuits Design & Pilot Production for Semiconductor Group custom products, and product development for the Semiconductor Group. Texas Instrument’s digital signal processor development was initiated in 1979 at his direction. As Chief Scientist, he was responsible for the Semiconductor Group strategic planning and execution of TI’s technology and new product development.

He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. He received the J. Daniels Award for first in academic standing in his graduating UNC NROTC class (1952); and, the IEEE Frederick Philips Award (1998) “ for outstanding contributions in the management of R&D resulting in effective innovation in the electrical & electronics industry ”. In 2007 with SRC he received the 2005 National Medal of Technology. He has over one hundred and twenty technical publications and patent applications. He and his wife, Mary, currently reside in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have three children, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Sarah. His nonprofessional interests include competitive one-design sailing (he was Shields Design National Champion in 1979), world travel, and tennis.

| Education

  1. 1952 - BS in Physics, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  2. 1957 - MS in Physics, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
  3. 1960 - PhD in Physics, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

| Primary Research Interests

  1. Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics (Including III - V Materials and Devices, Optical Materials and Photonic Devices, Quantum Engineering*, Silicon Devices and Fabrication)

| Other Research Interests

  1. Bioelectronics Engineering (Including Biomimetic Systems)
  2. Electronic Circuits and Systems (Including Digital Circuits, VLSI)

| Selected Publications

  1. David Collins, K. W. Kim, W.C. Holton, H. Sierzputowska-Gracz, and E. O. Stejskal, “NMR Quantum Computation with Indirectly Coupled Gates”, quant-ph/9970006 October 1999 & Phys. Rev. A 62, 022304, March 2000.
  2. G. D. Sanders, K. W. Kim, and W. C. Holton, "Scalable solid-state quantum computer based on quantum dot pillar structures", Phys. Rev. B 61, 11, 15 March 2000.
  3. G. D. Sanders, K. W. Kim, and W. C. Holton, "Optically driven quantum dot quantum computer", quant-ph/9909070 22 Sep 1999 and Phys. Rev. A 60, 5, 4146, November 1999.
  4. G. D. Sanders, K. W. Kim, and W. C. Holton, "Quantum computing with complex instruction sets", Phys. Rev. A 59, 2, 1098, February 1999.
  5. David Collins, K. W. Kim, and W. C. Holton, "Deutsch-Jozsa Algorithm as a Test of Quantum Computation", Phys. Rev. A 58, 3, R1633, September 1998.

| Awards and Honors

  • 2007 - National Medal of Technology (Awarded to SRC)
  • 1998 - IEEE Frederick Philips Award
  • 1996 - National Laboratories Award of Excellence
  • 1982 - IEEE Fellow
  • 1968 - Fellow American Physical Society
  • 1952 - Josephus Daniels Award (1st in NROTC graduating class)