NQIAC Members

Kathryn Ann (Kam) Moler (Co-Chair) is Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and the Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University. Professor Moler conducts research in magnetic imaging, develops tools that measure nanoscale magnetic fields, and studies quantum materials and devices.  She is a key leader in work on early-stage qubit materials, including considerable collaboration with industry on superconductor/semiconductor heterostructures.  Among other honors, she received a national Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, held a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, received the William L. McMillan Award “for her fundamental studies of the superconducting pairing state, Josephson vortices, and the role of interlayer coupling in high-temperature superconductors,” and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  To honor her sustained commitment to teaching, the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded her the Richtmyer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Physics Education, and Stanford appointed her as the Sapp Family Fellow in Undergraduate Education.  Prof. Moler was previously the Senior Associate Dean of Natural Sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Nano Shared Facilities.  She is a member of the NanoFront (TU-Delft/Leiden) Scientific Advisory Board and the Physics Frontier Center—Joint Quantum Institute Advisory Board.

Charles Tahan (Co-Chair) is the Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science (QIS) and the Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The NQCO ensures coordination of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) and QIS activities across the federal government, industry, and academia.  Dr. Tahan is on detail from the Laboratory for Physical Sciences where he drove technical progress in the future of information technology as Technical Director. Research at LPS spans computing, communications, and sensing, from novel device physics to high-performance computer architectures. As a technical lead, Dr. Tahan stood up new research initiatives in silicon and superconducting quantum computing; quantum characterization, verification, and validation; and new and emerging qubit science and technology. As a practicing physicist, he oversees the intramural QIS research program at LPS and works with students and postdocs from the University of Maryland-College Park to conduct original research in quantum information and device theory. His contributions have been recognized by the Researcher of the Year Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and as an ODNI Science and Technology Fellow. He continues to serve as Chief Scientist of LPS.  Dr. Tahan earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science with Highest Honors from the College of William & Mary in 2000. From 2005-2007 he was a National Science Foundation Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK; the Center for Quantum Computing Technology, Australia; and the University of Tokyo, Japan. He served as chief technical consultant for quantum information science and technology programs in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) while at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2007-2009. He has a long-term commitment to science and society including creating one of the first games meant to build intuition about quantum computing.

Timothy A. Akers is the Assistant Vice President for Research Innovation and Advocacy, in the Division of Research and Economic Development, and Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University (MSU).  Dr. Akers’ primary role, duty, and responsibilities are to work with faculty, across diverse disciplines, and help faculty in seeding, conceptualizing, and implementing their research agendas, research portfolios, and research enterprises.  Dr. Akers has been instrumental in building a comprehensive enterprise around Quantum Literacy at Morgan State University and throughout the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) community, to include facilitating and co-developing the first STEM EXPO with the overarching theme:  “Quantum Literacy in the Quantum Age,” involving over 1300 middle and high school students.  Dr. Akers also facilitated and co-developed the “q-Center for Quantum Literacy Training” and is co-authoring a comprehensive interdisciplinary book entitled “Farming the Quantum.”  Dr. Akers’ honors include, but are not limited to, the U.S. Air Force’s prestigious Meritorious Achievement Medal for Research and the Vision Award (twice) from Morgan State University, including an award in mathematics for his mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary innovation, as well as receiving the National Minority Research Mentorship award.

Fred Chong is the Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science, at the University of Chicago, and a world-leading expert in quantum computing systems and the development of quantum system software.  His research interests include emerging technologies for computing, quantum computing, multicore and embedded architectures, computer security, and sustainable computing.  Prof. Chong leads one of the most advanced research projects in quantum computing systems and software, the EPiQC laboratory, which is a $10M “Expedition in Computing” flagship project for the National Science Foundation.  He also leads other major quantum software efforts as part of an additional $37M in NSF and DOE quantum computing projects.  Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was also a Professor of Computer Science, Director of Computer Engineering, and Director of the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing at UCSB from 2005-2015.  Prof. Chong is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, and 8 best paper awards.

James S. Clarke is Director of Quantum Hardware at Intel Corporation.  Dr. Clarke launched Intel’s quantum computing program in 2015, as well as a research partnership with QuTech (TU Delft and TNO).  His primary focus as part of Intel’s Components Research group is to use Intel process technology to develop scalable qubit arrays.  Prior to his current role, Dr. Clarke managed a group focused on interconnect research at advanced technology nodes as well as evaluating new materials and paradigms for interconnect performance.  Prior to joining Intel in 2001, Dr. Clarke received a B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University, and held a postdoctoral research fellowship in physical-organic chemistry at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.  He has coauthored more than 90 papers and presentations and holds more than 20 patents.  Dr. Clarke is a member of the Quantum Industry Coalition, which co-authored the National Quantum Initiative Act.

Kai-Mei Fu is Associate Professor of Physics and director of the Optical Spintronics and Sensing Lab at the University of Washington (UW).  Her research focus is on engineering scalable quantum systems for quantum network applications.  This has driven her toward seeking fabrication solutions for chip-scale integration for quantum photonics, including advancing new materials, reaching quantum-ready material purity, and integrating semiconductor photonics with quantum defects.  She has been instrumental in the formation of the Northwest Quantum Nexus, a partnership between the UW, Microsoft, and PNNL.  She is currently the recipient of an NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute planning phase grant and is leading a team of researchers from the UW, University of Oregon, and others in developing a strategic plan for center level activity that focuses on reaching high-fidelity control of qubit-qubit interactions between like and disparate qubit platforms.  Such control is essential for scaling quantum systems.  She has prior experience in center level leadership, serving as co-PI of a $15M NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.  Prof. Fu is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Cottrell Scholar award.

Marissa Giustina joined Google’s quantum computing research effort in 2016 where she currently works as a Senior Research Scientist and Quantum Electronics Engineer.  Her work spans a breadth of technical areas, from device physics to systems engineering, with a focus on developing and deploying the technical infrastructure to improve device and system-level performance while scaling up the team’s superconducting quantum processors by orders of magnitude in qubit number.  Prior to Google, Dr. Giustina worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, where she designed, built, and published a “loophole-free” experiment testing Bell’s inequality using entangled optical photons.  Dr. Giustina is a well-regarded speaker and has represented Google’s quantum team in a range of settings, including public outreach and workforce development.  

Gilbert Herrera is a Laboratory Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories—one of only fifteen named in the Laboratories’ 70-year history.  From May 2015 to September 2018, Mr. Herrera served as the Director of the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) at the University of Maryland's College Park Campus, a major sponsor of quantum information science research for the past 25 years.  Prior to joining LPS, Mr. Herrera served as Director of Microsystems Science and Technology at Sandia National Laboratories where his responsibilities included the management of a $250M, 600 person research and development center with expertise in silicon and III-V compound semiconductors, optoelectronic device and process technology, atomic physics-based devices, micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) systems, and microsensors.  From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Herrera was the Chief Operating Officer of SEMI/SEMATECH, an Austin-based consortium of U.S. suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials.  He was selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Sloan White House Science Fellow in 1991, serving a year in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, is a Fellow of the AAAS, and serves on advisory boards for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard University, and the University of New Mexico.

Evelyn Hu is the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Science and Co-Director of the Harvard Quantum Initiative at Harvard University.  Her research focuses on the development of new nanophotonic building blocks for efficient information systems:  one example is cavity QED for solid-state qubits.  Before joining Harvard, Prof. Hu was a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Departments of Materials and of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  While at UCSB, she also served as the founding Scientific Co-Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, a joint initiative between UCSB and the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to UCSB, she worked at Bell Labs in both Holmdel and Murray Hill.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Sinica of Taiwan.  Prof. Hu is a recipient of an NSF Distinguished Teaching Fellow award, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award, the 2019 Eringen Medal (Soc. for Eng. Science), the 2020 IEEE Andrew Grove Award, and holds honorary Doctorates from the University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Notre Dame, and ETH, Zurich.

Jungsang Kim is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, and Computer Science at Duke University and Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of IonQ, Inc.  His main area of current research is quantum information sciences, where his group uses trapped atomic ions and a range of photonics technologies in an effort to construct scalable quantum information processors and quantum communication networks.  His research focuses on introduction of new technologies, such as microfabricated ion traps, optical micro-electromechanical systems, advanced single photon detectors, compact cryogenics, and vacuum technologies, towards a functional integration of quantum information processing systems.  His current interests include applications of high performance quantum computing, quantum computer architectures and quantum networks for computing applications.  He has served as a principal investigator for several collaborative multidisciplinary research projects in the US on quantum computing and quantum networking.  Prior to joining Duke University, Professor Kim was a manager at Bell Labs where his work led to the realization of world’s largest optical cross-connect switches and novel wireless communication networks that were commercially deployed.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, among other honors.

Joseph Lykken is a Distinguished Scientist and the Deputy Director for Research at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).  In this role, Dr. Lykken has established a rich and growing quantum effort in three research directions: quantum networks and communications, sensor technology development, and theoretical algorithms and software interfaces between conventional high performance computers and quantum computers.  He is a world leading physicist with a background in theoretical physics and, in particular, string theory.  He is known internationally as a leading thinker in quantum field theory calculations.  Dr. Lykken led Fermilab science for the last 5 years as Chief Research Officer and has developed collaborations with over 50 countries.  Fermilab, through his leadership, has received research awards in 15 areas of quantum research.  Fermilab has already begun collaboration on quantum topics with Canada and the UK and established connections on this topic with numerous leading private sector firms.  To better coordinate and leverage capabilities and infrastructure across the lab, Dr. Lykken established the Fermilab Quantum Institute and is its founding Head.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.

Luke Mauritsen is the CEO and Founder of Montana Instruments.  He is a business leader, innovator, and engineer who has been involved in the Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) supply chain for over 15 years.  Beginning with his initial job out of school, Luke developed the first mobile and deployable cryogenic system to enable radar and signals intelligence processing for defense applications, an experience that led to the insight that cryogenics is a major bottleneck for materials and device characterization.  To address this bottleneck, Luke founded Montana Instruments in 2010, which is credited with re-inventing cryogenics to accelerate progress in quantum materials research and the nascent QIST industry.  Serving on the technical advisory committee for the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), Luke initiated and chaired the QED-C Cryogenics for QIST Workshop in Bozeman in 2019 that convened industry, academia, and government experts for the purpose of building the first U.S. Cryogenics Roadmap for QIST.  In addition, he has developed a high-tech apprenticeship program for high school and college age technical workforce development, as well as recently authored a chapter in the first edition 2020 textbook, Cryogenic Engineering and Technologies: Principles and Applications of Cryogen-Free Systems.

Christopher Monroe is the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, and Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of IonQ, Inc.  He specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for applications in quantum information science.  His research group has pioneered the use of atomic ions as a leading platform for quantum computers and quantum simulators, and has made the first steps toward a scalable, reconfigurable, and modular quantum computer.  Monroe led the team that demonstrated the first quantum logic gate in any platform and his team has pioneered the use of single photons to couple quantum information between atoms, demonstrated the first electromagnetic atom trap integrated on a semiconductor chip, and discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with simplified and ultrafast lasers.  In 2016, he co-founded the quantum computing startup IonQ, in College Park, MD.  He has received the I. I. Rabi Prize and the Arthur Schawlow Prize for Laser Science of the American Physical Society, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Physics, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

William (Will) Oliver is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He also serves as the Founding Director of the MIT Center for Quantum Engineering and its associated Quantum Science and Engineering Consortium.  Prof. Oliver provides programmatic and technical leadership targeting the development of quantum and classical high-performance computing technologies.  Over the past 17 years, he has built a large, collaborative team that straddles the MIT campus and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory to address both the science and the engineering of quantum computing systems.  His research interests include the materials growth, fabrication, design, and measurement of superconducting qubits, as well as the development of cryogenic packaging and control electronics involving cryogenic CMOS and single-flux quantum digital logic.  Prof. Oliver is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, serves on the US Committee for Superconducting Electronics, and is an IEEE Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) Board Member.

Steve Pawlowski is corporate vice president of advanced computing solutions at Micron Technology.  He is responsible for leading a group that is defining and developing innovative near memory computing solutions.  The team is building upon Micron’s expertise in current and emerging memory/storage technologies to address the growing challenges in the IT ecosystem that are being driven by ever evolving use cases such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and 5G.  Prior to joining Micron in July 2014, Mr. Pawlowski was a senior fellow and the chief technology officer for Intel’s Data Center and Connected Systems Group.  Mr. Pawlowski’s extensive industry experience includes 32 years at Intel, where he held several high-level positions and  had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, many of the industry’s ‘pioneering’ leaders in the design and development of next-generation microprocessors, system chipsets, SW, data center computing and communication platforms.  Mr. Pawlowski earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer systems engineering technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute.  He also holds more than 58 patents in micro-electronic and systems technologies.

John Preskill is the Richard Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics and Director of the Institute for Quantum Information at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  Since the mid-1990s, Prof. Preskill’s research has focused on quantum computation and quantum information theory.  With Peter Shor, he invented a powerful method, derived from entanglement theory, for proving the security of quantum protocols.  With Daniel Gottesman and others, he developed the theory of fault-tolerant quantum computing and proved the quantum accuracy threshold theorem, which establishes that a noisy quantum computer can operate reliably if the noise is not too strong.  With Alexei Kitaev and others, he showed that quantum information can be reliably stored and processed using methods based on topological principles, and that the quantum entanglement in topologically ordered quantum many-body systems has robust universal properties.  With Patrick Hayden, he applied quantum information methods to gravitational physics, showing that information can be revealed by an evaporating black hole surprisingly quickly.  In 2000, Preskill founded Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information, which since then has been one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research on quantum information and quantum computing.  Prof. Preskill is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has held various Lectureships and Chairs.

Kristen Pudenz is the Corporate Lead for Quantum at Lockheed Martin Corporation.  Dr. Pudenz sets the vision for quantum information science at Lockheed Martin, engages with and advises government and academic partners in the US and internationally to advance QIS technology for mutual benefit, directs a portfolio of internal and external quantum research projects, and leads the selection of future commercial technologies and partners for Lockheed Martin in quantum computing.  In her previous role in Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business area, Dr. Pudenz developed applications for quantum information systems, particularly quantum annealers.  She was instrumental in the capture and execution of the IARPA Quantum Enhanced Optimization program, for which she served as Applications Lead, as well as other contracted research.  Her scientific focus includes materials simulation, resource allocation, generalized optimization, and practical engineering concerns for the implementation of quantum information processors.  Dr. Pudenz continues to mentor young engineers in the corporation in order to further develop these research objectives and build the future quantum workforce.

Chad Rigetti is the Founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing.  His work focuses on the development of silicon-based superconducting quantum processors, including chip architectures and manufacturing processes; methods for high-fidelity logic operations; hybrid quantum-classical algorithms; and system-level designs for practical quantum computing.  In addition to making its quantum computers available over the cloud, Rigetti owns and operates the only dedicated quantum integrated circuit foundry in the U.S.  The company offers these capabilities to Department of Energy laboratories to design and manufacture experimental chip topologies for high-performance superconducting qubits.  Prior to founding Rigetti Computing in 2013, Dr. Rigetti worked in the quantum computing group at IBM Research.  He is an inventor of 26 quantum computing patents and author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Rigetti holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale.

Mark Ritter is Chair of the Physical Sciences Council at IBM Research.  Dr. Ritter led the team which developed the IBM Quantum Experience – a quantum computer whose computing power is freely accessible via the internet.  This innovative, cloud-based quantum system has resulted in over 200 research papers and is used for education by multiple academic institutions and other organizations.  Dr. Ritter currently guides IBM’s global physical sciences research.  His team collaborated with MIT to create the MIT EdEx Pro quantum education material and fund EdEx MOOC courses.  He also is a member of the University of Chicago QISE-NET Advisory Board, which reviews and selects joint university-industry graduate student research to be funded by the NSF, among other university collaborations.  Dr. Ritter is also a member of the governing board of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, tasked with advancing the industrial technology ecosystem around quantum technologies to the benefit of both university researchers and industry.  Dr. Ritter has 35 issued patents; was the recipient of the 1982 American Physical Society Apker Award for his work on the optical and magnetic properties of solids, several Outstanding Innovation Awards, and an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award; and is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Robert Schoelkopf is the Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University, Director of the Yale Quantum Institute, and Co-Founder of Quantum Circuits, Inc.  His research focuses on the development of superconducting devices for quantum information processing, which are leading to revolutionary advances in computing.  He and his collaborators have produced many firsts in the field of solid-state quantum computing, including the development of a “quantum bus” for information, and the first demonstrations of quantum algorithms and quantum error correction with integrated circuits.  In 2015, Prof. Schoelkopf and his colleagues founded Quantum Circuits, Inc., a venture-backed startup working to build the world’s first useful quantum computers, and he currently serves as QCI’s Chief Scientist.  Prior to joining Yale as a postdoctoral researcher in 1995, Dr. Schoelkopf was an electrical/cryogenic engineer in the Laboratory for High-Energy Astrophysics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he developed low-temperature radiation detectors and cryogenic instrumentation for future space missions.  Prof. Schoelkopf’s work has been recognized with the Joseph F. Keithley Award of the American Physical Society, the John Stewart Bell Prize, the Fritz London Memorial Prize for Low Temperature Physics, the Max Planck Forschungspreis, and the CT Medal of Science.  In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Science.

Krysta Svore is General Manager of Quantum Systems at Microsoft.  She leads a team dedicated to realizing a commercial-scale quantum computing system and ecosystem to solve today’s unsolvable problems.  Her research focuses on the development and implementation of quantum algorithms, including the design of a scalable, fault-tolerant software architecture for translating a high-level quantum program into a low-level, device-specific quantum implementation.  She also works on protecting quantum computers from noise through improved quantum error correction and the development of fast decoders.  She spent her early years at Microsoft developing machine-learning methods for web applications, including ranking, classification, and summarization algorithms.  In 2018, Dr. Svore was named one of the 39 Most Powerful Women Engineers according to Business Insider.  Dr. Svore serves as a member of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy and as a member of the ISAT Committee of DARPA.  She has received an ACM Best of 2013 Notable Article award and was a member of the winning team of the Yahoo! Learning to Rank Challenge in 2010.  She chaired the 2017 Quantum Information Processing Conference.  Dr. Svore is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a representative for the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), and a member of the American Physical Society (APS).  Dr. Svore has authored over 70 papers and has filed over 25 patents.  She received her Ph.D. in computer science with highest distinction from Columbia University and her B.A. from Princeton University in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science and French.

Jinliu (Grace) Wang is Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Interim President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Professor in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the University at Buffalo.  Since joining SUNY in 2017, Dr. Wang has played a leading role in designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY’s research and economic development activities.  At SUNY, Dr. Wang has been instrumental in building large-scale partnerships to drive advances of talent and technology across the full spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines relevant to the development of quantum technologies and a quantum-smart workforce.  Dr. Wang previously served as Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering and then as acting Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, where she managed a funding portfolio of over $900 million dedicated to investments in enabling frontier engineering research, supporting engineering education, and fostering innovation and technology commercialization.  Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

Jun Ye is a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and of JILA (a joint institute of the University of Colorado and NIST), and a Professor Adjoint of Physics at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Ye has twenty years leading a progressively complex and increasingly high impact quantum information science (QIS) research and training program at JILA, a University/Government partnership, with close ties to the U.S. QIS industry.  Dr. Ye’s efforts have included numerous world-first or world-best milestones, including development of: the first atomic clock based on a quantum degenerate gas, a Fermi gas of strontium atoms, with best-in-the-world stability and accuracy; the first quantum degenerate gas of molecules, revealing unique insights into quantum many-body physics, quantum chemistry, and platforms for quantum computing and simulation; and the first observation of Special Unitary group symmetry, SU(N), in a system of ultracold atoms—the first observation of SU(N) symmetry outside a particle physics experiment—providing a tabletop laboratory for exploration of the Standard Model.  Dr. Ye is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow in the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, and recipient of more than 40 national and international scientific awards and named lectureships.  He recently co-chaired a National Academy of Sciences decadal survey report on the state of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics in the US.