As interim 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.Contact
As well as serving as deputy director of the QSC, Stephen Jesse is a distinguished research scientist and head of the Nanomaterials Characterization Section at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. His research has primarily focused on developing new approaches for both scanning probe and electron microscopy to not only image materials and discern functionality at nano and atomic scales, but also to use these platforms to transform materials at these scales to introduce new properties. His recent work is aimed at using the focused electron beam of the scanning transmission electron microscope to precisely build atomic defects with useful properties in order to “quantum functionalize” 2D material systems for use in devices for quantum information science.Contact
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.
Lake is the chief operations officer for the QSC. In this role Joe 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, Joe 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. Joe 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.
Hurt is the senior administrative assistant to the director of the QSC. In this position, she works closely with the director, 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.
University of Virginia
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.
Chair, AMD Research
Amazon Web Services
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.
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences, ORNL
Associate Laboratory Director for Simulation and Computation, LANL
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, LANL
Director, Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institut
Deputy Director for Research, FNAL
Director, Station Q, Microsoft
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Quantum Research
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, ORNL