Management

Leadership

Travis Humble

Travis Humble

As director of the QSC, Humble leads the Center and serves as the primary contact for DOE, as well as leads 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.

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Vivien Zapf

As deputy director of the QSC, Zapf serves as the secondary contact for DOE and helps oversee QSC research efforts. A scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Pulsed Field Facility located at Los Alamos National Laboratory, her research focuses on using high magnetic fields as tools to induce, probe, and understand potential quantum spin liquid states. Zapf is a fellow of the American Physical Society and currently serves as the chair of APS’s Division of Materials Physics, as well as leads the magneto-electric couplings in quantum materials thrust for the Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego, was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, and joined LANL in 2004.

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Joel Moore

Joel Moore

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

Lake is the chief operations officer for the QSC. In this role, he leads several key focus areas related to operational support, including project management, procurement, intellectual property, communications, and environment, safety, health, and quality. Prior to being named COO, Lake was a member of the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) division at ORNL, where he managed strategic programs supporting collaborations between NCCS and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Lake holds a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee 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

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 the university-wide multidisciplinary Big Idea Challenge program in quantum information science and technology/security/health. She is editor-in-chief of the Optical Society of America’s Optical Materials Express journal.

Teresa Hurt

Hurt is the senior administrative assistant to the interim director of the QSC. In this position, she works closely with the interim director, interim deputy director, and numerous principal investigators providing administrative support. Hurt joined ORNL in 2012. Before the QSC, she provided support to the Climate Change Science Institute and the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

Advisory Boards and Councils

Science Advisory Board

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) 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.

Allan MacDonald
Allan MacDonald
Chair, UT-Austin

Despina Louca
UVA
David Cory
David Cory
Waterloo
Elizabeth Crosson
Elizabeth Crosson
UNM
Oleg Tchemyshyov
Oleg Tchernyshyov
Johns Hopkins
Ian Shipsey
Ian Shipsey
Oxford

Marcel Franz
UBC
Marc Kastner
Marc Kastner
MIT
Jeff Hall
Jeter Hall
SNOLAB

John Martinis
UCSB

Industry Advisory Council

The QSC engages directly with the private sector through a dedicated Industry Advisory Council (IAC) 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.


Bo Begole
Chair, AMD Research
Juli Love
Julie Love
Microsoft Research
Annarita Giani
Annarita Giani
GE Research
Evert Geurtsen
Evert Geurtsen
NQIT, Oxford

David Rivas
Rigetti
Jamie Thomas
Jamie Thomas
IBM
Marco Pistoia
Marco Pistoia
JPMorgan Chase
Amy Herhold
Amy Herhold
ExxonMobil
Simone Severini
Simone Severini
Amazon Web Services
Bob Lucas
Bob Lucas
Ansys
Chris Haimberger
Christopher Haimberger
TOPTICA
Gabriele Compostella
Gabriele Compostella
Volkswagen

Governance Advisory Board

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.


Doug Kothe
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences, ORNL
Irene Qualters
Irene Qualters
Associate Laboratory Director for Simulation and Computation, LANL
Toni Taylor
Toni Taylor
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, LANL
Yong Chen
Yong Chen
Director, Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute
Joe Lykken
Joe Lykken
Deputy Director for Research, Fermilab
Chetan Nayak
Chetan Nayak
Director, Station Q, Microsoft

Cynthia Jenks
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, ORNL

Zhihong Chen
Interim Director, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue

Panagiotis Spentzouris
Senior Scientist, Head Quantum Science Program, Fermilab