Graeme Smith

Faculty, Associate Professor

Graeme Smith is researches quantum information theory and is working to understand the fundamental limits of information storage, transmission, and processing. Smith studies these questions with the tools of quantum Shannon theory. He has more recently developed an interest in quantum metrology.  

Smith is interested in understanding the fundamental aspects of quantum theory, and has made contributions to the mathematical foundations of the field. 

Prior to joining IQC and the Department of Applied Mathematics in 2023, he was a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of University Colorado Boulder and NIST. Prior to academia, Smith worked as a research staff member at IBM for six years. He was a postdoctoral fellow at both IBM and the University of Bristol, and received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2006.


  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2006 
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, 2001 

Awards & Honours

  • Dulwich Quantum Computing Quantum Party Pooper Award, 2023 

  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2017 

    Major Positions

    Title Location When

    Associate Professor 

    Institute for Quantum Computing 

    2023 - present 

    Assistant then Associate Professor of Physics  
    and JILA Fellow 

    University of Colorado Boulder 

    2016 – 2023 

    Research Staff Member 


    2010 – 2016 

    Postdoctoral Fellow 


    2007 – 2010 

    Postdoctoral Fellow 

    University of Bristol 

    2006 – 2007 

    Crystal Senko

    Faculty, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair

    Crystal Senko joined the Institute for Quantum Computing in November 2016 as Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo.

    Christine Muschik

    Faculty, Associate Professor

    Christine Muschik joined the Institute for Quantum Computing November 1, 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

    David Gosset

    Faculty, Associate Professor

    David Gosset joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo on August 1, 2018.

    Matteo Mariantoni

    Faculty, Associate Professor

    Matteo Mariantoni received a Master of Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. After completing his doctorate at both the Walther-Meissner-Institute for Low Temperature Research and the Technical University of Munich in 2009, Mariantoni was awarded the Elings Prize Fellowship in Science of the California NanoSystem Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara, his implementation of a quantum memory and processor on a single chip using a “quantum von Neumann architecture” was ranked as one of the top 10 breakthroughs for 2011 by Physics World.

    Na Young Kim

    Faculty, Associate Professor

    Na Young Kim leads Quantum Innovation (QuIN) laboratory, aiming to build large-scale quantum processors based on novel materials and advanced technologies.