Joe Lukens

Marconi Young Scholar Joe Lukens

Recognized in 2015

“I found the award indispensable in establishing myself and making connections. The publicity generated from the award provided a platform to share my research and to form potential collaborations.”

Current Young Scholars Role

Outreach Vice Chair

Research Area

Creating highly secure networks that are based on the laws of physics and quantum communications, rather than the complexity of codes, which could be broken.

Current Position

Wigner Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering and Physics, University of Alabama

Young Scholar Research

Secure optical communications based on temporal cloaking of high-speed classical data streams and pulse shaping of entangled photons to create secure quantum key distribution.

Other Honors

  • 2015 Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2014 First Place Siegman International School on Lasers Poster Competition
  • 2012 – 2015 NDSEG Fellowship
  • 2011 University of Alabama Outstanding Senior Physics Major

Fun Fact

I am an avid bass guitar player and almost went to college for music instead of engineering.