How I Got Into Quantum: A Graduate Student PerspectiveExport this event to calendar

Thursday, November 25, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Meet graduate student researchers from science, engineering, and mathematics and hear how they discovered quantum information science, found their way into research, and how the skills they gained in their undergraduate studies are helping them develop the next generation of quantum technology.

Panelists

Joanna Krynski

Joanna Krynski is a master’s student at Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, supervised by professor Thomas Jennewein. Joanna’s area of focus is in single-photon detectors and their use in satellite-based quantum communication. Joanna obtained her bachelor of science in physics from McMaster University. There, she spent many summers pursuing research projects in different domains of physics to grasp what she wanted to pursue in her graduate studies.

 

Natalie ParhamNatalie Parham is a master’s student at IQC in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, supervised by professors David Gosset and Raymond Laflamme. Natalie’s areas of focus include quantum algorithms, complexity theory, and quantum error-correction. Natalie obtained her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining IQC, Natalie was a quantum engineer at QC Ware.

 

Cindy YangCindy Yang is a PhD student at IQC in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, supervised by professor Chris Wilson. Cindy’s area of focus is in microwave quantum optics with superconducting quantum devices. Cindy completed her bachelor of science in nanotechnology engineering, here at the University of Waterloo. Cindy is currently the chair of her department’s Graduate Student Association, as well as the councillor of UW’s Graduate Student Association. In 2020, Cindy was the recipient of the Laflamme and Gregson Graduate Scholarship for Women in Quantum Information Science.

Moderator 

Kayleigh Platz headshotKayleigh Platz is the Senior Manager, Liaison and Integrated Communications at IQC. Growing up and working in the Waterloo Region technology and academic sectors, she likes to examine the ways our complex world impacts everyday life. She holds a master’s degree in anthropology, and has defined her career around digital cultures, community building and brand storytelling.



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