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 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.