Donald S. Crankshaw, Ph.D. is a director at Aon, specializing in intellectual property litigation. Donald has been part of the company for over eight years, working on diverse projects involving semiconductor fabrication, electrical circuit design, data analysis, and code comparison in patent litigation, software copyright, student discipline, and prior art search cases. In the course of this work, Donald has served as an expert witness in a student disciplinary hearing concerning code copying. He has designed and programmed numerous tools to assist in these projects.
Donald has an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a B.S. from the University of South Carolina Honors College. He is also a professionally published science fiction and fantasy writer, with stories in Nature Futures and Daily Science Fiction among other venues, has edited and published an anthology, and is a member of the Codex Neo-pro writers' group.
Prior to joining Aon, Donald worked on superconducting circuit design and test for MIT and the University of Rochester, RF and optical engineering for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and prior art searching for Cardinal Intellectual Properties.
2004: "DC Measurements of Macroscopic Quantum Levels in a Superconducting Qubit Structure with a Time-Ordered Meter." D. S. Crankshaw, K. Segall, D. Nakada, et al. Physical Review B 69 no. 14:144518.
2004: "Energy Relaxation Time between Macroscopic Quantum Levels in a Superconducting Persistent Current Qubit." Y. Yu, D. Nakada, J. C. Lee, B. Singh, D. S. Crankshaw, et al. Physical Review Letters 92 no. 11:117904.
2003: "Measurement and On-Chip Control of a Niobium Persistent Current Qubit." Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.