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MIT's Woltz Named to the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020

MIT's Woltz Named to the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 

Cambridge, Mass. (November 26) -- MIT men's cross country/track and field senior captain Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) has been elected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020. Woltz is one of five MIT students and 32 students nationally that received what is considered the most elite award and scholarship for international study. 

"Billy, like many MIT students, wants to make the world a better, and yet, more responsible place," said head coach Halston Taylor. "His work with Quantum computers and the responsibility of society and policy makers regarding quantum computing is what he is most interested in. The Rhodes Scholarship will help make his dream come to fruition."

Woltz, who is a physics and engineering and computer science major at MIT, was the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year and is a five-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference performer. In addition, he is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Region selection and was a 2018 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American.

Academically, Woltz is working as a research assistant in the engineering quantum systems group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, focusing on building larger quantum processors. Woltz also founded a summer camp at his former high school in Ohio to teach computer science skills to underserved Appalachian and refugee students in southeastern Ohio.

In the MIT Department of Physics, Woltz designed an algorithm for automating data collection from CERN's particle detectors with the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, and tested the effects of environmental fluctuations on microbial communities with the Physics of Living Systems Group. 

Woltz and his cross country teammates claimed the program's 22nd straight NEWMAC Championship, finished third at the NCAA New England Regional and ended the season with a ninth-place showing at the NCAA Division III National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.