LEADERSHIP

DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS

David Awschalom

David Awschalom

Q-NEXT Director

Q-NEXT Director David Awschalom is a senior scientist and quantum information science group leader in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also the vice dean for research and infrastructure and the Liew Family professor at the University of Chicago and the director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. His research in quantum spintronics involves understanding and controlling the spins of electrons, ions and nuclei for fundamental studies of quantum systems, as well as potential applications in computing, communication, imaging and encryption.

JoAnne Hewett

JoAnne Hewett

Q-NEXT Deputy Director

Q-NEXT Deputy Director JoAnne Hewett is associate laboratory director for fundamental physics and chief research officer at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She is also a professor of particle physics and astrophysics at SLAC and Stanford University. Her research in theoretical high-energy physics probes the fundamental nature of space, matter and energy, where she most enjoys devising experimental tests for seemingly preposterous theoretical ideas. She is best known for her work on new physics models, including the possible existence of extra spatial dimensions, supersymmetry and dark matter.

Supratik Guha

Supratik Guha

Chief Technology Officer

Supratik Guha led the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, from 2015 to 2019. Before joining Argonne and the University of Chicago in 2015, he spent 20 years at IBM Research, where he last served as the director of physical sciences. At IBM, he pioneered the materials research that led to IBM’s high-dielectric-constant metal gate transistor, one of the most significant developments in silicon microelectronics technology. He was also responsible for initiating or significantly expanding IBM’s R&D programs in silicon photonics, quantum computing, sensor-based cyberphysical systems and photovoltaics.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Technology Integration Manager

Phil Smith’s experience includes development and implementation of innovation strategy for customers ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to technology startups, universities and government. His work spans research and development planning, building teams and establishing partnerships, and securing resources to catalyze high-impact technology programs. Smith has worked across multiple verticals, including advanced materials and manufacturing, chemicals, renewable and alternative energy, and health technology. He holds a Ph.D. in materials physics from The Ohio State University.

Paul Welander

Paul Welander

Technology Integration Manager

Paul Welander serves as Q-NEXT department head at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, connecting researchers at both SLAC and Stanford University across all center thrusts. He is also a principal investigator in the Q-NEXT Foundry thrust and serves as project scientist for the construction of SLAC’s quantum foundry, the SLAC Detector Microfabrication Facility. Welander’s research interests concern materials synthesis and device fabrication processes and their contribution to decoherence in quantum systems. Prior to joining SLAC, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory advancing materials and fabrication for superconducting qubits. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elizabeth O'Connor

Elizabeth O'Connor

Chief Operations Officer

Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Connor is responsible for all operational aspects of Q-NEXT, including financial operations, project management integration, procurement, property, environmental, safety, health and quality assurance, communications, security, and oversight of the Argonne Quantum Foundry construction. With more than 30 years of experience at Argonne in both the centralized financial organization and the project management organization, Betsy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Benedictine University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Executive Program. She is a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant, and a project management professional.

Kathy Bailey

Kathy Bailey

Project Integration Manager

Kathy Bailey, the Q-NEXT project integration manager, is a program manager at Argonne National Laboratory and holds a joint appointment with Northwestern University. She has held materials engineering and project management roles for more than 20 years, with industry experience at Reynolds Metals, Motorola, and Caterpillar, including 10 years at Argonne National Laboratory as associate project manager on the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade and project controls lead on the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility-3. She also served as project controls lead on the Idaho National Laboratory Virtual Test Reactor project. She was the project management team leader on a successful National Science Foundation Mid-Scale Infrastructure Research proposal for SAGE-Array of Things. She has been involved with project systems on the Cosmic Microwave Background – Stage 4 experiment since its inception and was a member of the DOE Project Leadership Institute class of 2019.

Christina Perez

Christina Perez

Environmental Safety & Health and Quality Assurance Lead

Christina Perez has been working in environmental health and safety since 2013. During her career at Argonne, Perez has been involved in managing occupational health programs, evaluating processes for hazards and risk, and collaborating with teams to develop safe work practices. She is a certified industrial hygienist with a Bachelor of Science in environmental health from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in industrial hygiene from the University of Montana.

THRUST LEADERS

Quantum Foundries

Building two national foundries for standardized, high-quality quantum materials and devices.

Joe Heremans

Joe Heremans

Lead

Argonne National Laboratory

Sherry Cho

Sherry Cho

Deputy lead

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University

Robert Visser

Robert Visser

Co-design engineer

Applied Materials

Extreme-Scale Characterization

Developing quantum systems with precise, controllable, optimal performance. ​

Jennifer Dionne

Jennifer Dionne

Lead

Stanford University

Martin Holt

Martin Holt

Deputy lead

Argonne National Laboratory

Peter Krogstrup

Peter Krogstrup

Co-design engineer

Microsoft

Quantum Simulation & Systems

Developing simulation tools and using supercomputing to model quantum systems and materials.

Martin Suchara

Martin Suchara

Lead

Argonne National Laboratory

Patrick Hayden

Patrick Hayden

Deputy lead

Stanford University

Jason Orcutt

Jason Orcutt

Co-design engineer

IBM

Materials & Integration

Developing new qubit materials, refining qubit properties, and developing new methods for integrating devices.

Mark Eriksson

Mark Eriksson

Lead

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Supratik Guha

Supratik Guha

Deputy lead

Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago

James Clarke

James Clarke

Co-design engineer

Intel

Quantum Sensing

Developing and deploying sensor systems with beyond-state-of-the-art performance.​

Kent Irwin

Kent Irwin

Lead

Stanford University

Ania Jayich

Ania Jayich

Deputy lead

University of California, Santa Barbara

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller

Co-design engineer

Quantum Opus

Quantum Communication

Distributing entanglement over distances and enabling applications in quantum sensing and networked computing. ​

Paul Kwiat

Paul Kwiat

Lead

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Liang Jiang

Liang Jiang

Deputy lead

University of Chicago

Thaddeus Ladd

Thaddeus Ladd

Co-design engineer

HRL