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Leadership

David Dean

David Dean

As Director of ORNL’s Quantum Science Center, Dean is responsible for the overall scientific direction and management of the QSC, 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.

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Travis Humble

Travis Humble

As Deputy Director of ORNL’s QSC, Humble will assist the Center Director in leading the Center and will serve as the secondary contact for the Department of Energy, as well as lead the co-design/scientific integration and Industry Council coordination. Humble is a Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 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.

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Joel Moore

Joel Moore

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.

Doug Collins

Doug Collins serves as the QSC’s Chief Operations Officer. Collins has more than 25 years of combined experience in quality engineering/management, software quality assurance, IT project management, and process improvement and operations management fields. He received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Doug has earned certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

Alexandra (Sasha) Boltasseva

Alexandra (Sasha) Boltasseva serves as the QSC’s Workforce Development lead. Boltasseva received her PhD from 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.

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