Scott Aaronson

    Is Scott Aaronson a “theoretical computer scientist” or just a moderately clever guy with a blog? --Someone on Twitter

I'm David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Prior to coming here, I taught for nine years in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. My research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.

Book

Personal

Research

Pedagogy

Students

  • Andrew Drucker: PhD, graduated MIT August 2012, now Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago
  • Michael Forbes: graduated MIT April 2014, now Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (co-advised with Amir Shpilka)
  • Alex Arkhipov: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now in industry
  • Adam Bouland: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now a postdoc at UC Berkeley
  • Shalev Ben-David: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo
  • Luke Schaeffer: graduated MIT August 2019, now a postdoc at the University of Waterloo
  • Saeed Mehraban: graduated MIT June 2019, now a postdoc at Caltech
  • Daniel Grier: graduated MIT August 2019, now a postdoc at the University of Waterloo
  • Patrick Rall: PhD, in progress
  • Daniel Liang: PhD, in progress
  • William Kretschmer: PhD, in progress
  • Jiahui Liu: PhD, in progress
  • Sebastian Oberhoff: PhD, in progress
  • Justin Yirka: PhD, in progress

Postdocs

Contact

    The best way to reach me is via email:
    scott at scottaaronson dot com

    IMPORTANT: Beginning January 2021, never use my utexas email address except for official university business. Because of a change in university policy, it no longer forwards to my primary inbox and is no longer regularly checked!

    Office: GDC (Gates Dell Complex) 4.422
    Office phone: (512)-471-7797

    Administrative assistant phone: (512)-471-9595