As Director of the QSC, Dean is responsible for the overall scientific direction and management of the Center, including setting scientific priorities, monitoring progress, allocating resources and workforce, managing intellectual property, reviewing and approving manuscripts, ensuring compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations, reporting to the US Department of Energy (DOE), and communicating the QSC’s major results to external audiences. Prior to his appointment as Director of the QSC, Dean served as the Associate Laboratory Director for the Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at ORNL where he pursued excellence across the PSD broad physical sciences portfolio, with particular emphases on quantum materials, structural materials and alloys, soft materials, nanoscience, and applications of materials and chemistry in energy and security.Contact
As Deputy Director of the QSC, Humble will assist the Center Director in leading the Center and will serve as the secondary contact for DOE, as well as lead the co-design/scientific integration and Industry Council coordination. Humble is a Distinguished Scientist at ORNL, Director of the lab’s Quantum Computing Institute, an associate professor with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, and an Associate Editor for the Quantum Information Processing journal. He received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oregon before coming to ORNL in 2005.Contact
Joel Moore, a theoretical physicist studying condensed matter, serves as the QSC’s Chief Scientist. His chief research interest is in the properties of “quantum materials,” in which electron-electron interactions or wavefunction topology yield new states of matter. Moore joined the physics department at UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in January 2002. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in physics from Princeton University in 1995 and spent a Fulbright year abroad before graduate studies at MIT on a Hertz fellowship.
Joe Lake is the Chief Operations Officer for the Quantum Science Center. In this role Joe leads several key focus areas related to operational support, including project management, procurement, intellectual property, communications, and ESH&Q. Prior to being named COO, Joe was a member of the National Center for Computational Sciences division at ORNL, where he managed strategic programs supporting collaborations between the NCCS and the National Cancers Institute of NIH. Joe holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from UTK and a M.S. degree in Project Management from Boston University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.
Alexandra (Sasha) Boltasseva serves as the QSC’s Workforce Development lead. Boltasseva received her PhD from the Technical University of Denmark and is currently the Ron and Dotty Garvin Tonjes Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where she specializes in nanophotonics, optical metamaterials and quantum photonics. As Purdue’s Discovery Park Fellow, Boltasseva leads university-wide multidisciplinary Big Idea Challenge program in QIST/security/health. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Optical Society of America’s Optical Materials Express journal.
Erica Valentine is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Quantum Science Center. In this position Erica works closely with the QSC Director, Deputy Director and numerous principle investigators providing administrative support. Erica joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2011. Prior to the QSC Erica was an Administrative Assistant at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the Computer Sciences and Engineering Division.Contact
The Science Advisory Board advises QSC leadership broadly on issues related to the scientific functioning of the Center. Its members are distinguished scientists whose work spans the scientific areas of the QSC, and many also have experience with scientific management. They are not funded by the QSC and are drawn from a range of domestic and international institutions. The SAB also serves as an additional means to disseminate information about the QSC and develop links with other centers and programs in the Center’s scientific areas.
The QSC engages directly with the private sector through a dedicated Industry Advisory Council composed of senior leadership from industrial stakeholders who provide perspective on the potential impact of quantum science and technology on US industrial competitiveness. The IAC meets twice per year to receive highlights on the signature capabilities of the QSC through prototype and application demonstrations and provides advice to the QSC leadership team to ensure maximum national gain.
The QSC Governance Advisory Board is made up of partner managers and convenes to review the Center’s strategic direction and support QSC leadership in managing effective interfaces to R&D, technology transfer, and commercialization.