Ted Sargent holds the rank of professor and Canada research chair in nanotechnology at the University of Toronto. In 2004–6 he was also visiting professor of nanotechnology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 Mr. Sargent was named "one of the world's top young innovators" by MIT's Technology Review. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto in 2000. He received the B.Sc.Eng. (Engineering Physics) from Queen's University in 1995 and the Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto in 1998.