Na Young Kim

Faculty, Associate Professor
Na Young Kim

Na Young Kim leads Quantum Innovation (QuIN) laboratory, aiming to build large-scale quantum processors based on novel materials and advanced technologies. Two kick-off projects are under way: (1) the semiconductor quantum processors project establishes controllable optical and electrical domains, where we learn the insights of exotic materials and fundamental nature of symmetries; (2) the project of the multi-functional classical and quantum device arrays establishes a planar architecture comprising of nano-scale devices with electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical functionality.

Prior to joining IQC in 2016, Kim was at Apple Inc., working on the development of small display products, where she got to experience delivering beloved products to world-wide consumers. She received a BS in Physics from Seoul National University and pursued her graduate studies exploring mesoscopic transport properties in low-dimensional nanostructures in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. During her postgraduate research, she expanded her scope to the fields of quantum optics and nanophotonics, working on several experimental and theoretical projects in collaborations with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and collaborators.

Research expertise

  • Large-scale solid-state quantum simulators and computers for quantum information processing and communications
  • Multi-functional solid-state molecular devices and systems for the post-Si era
  • Development of multi-disciplinary enabling technologies and materials for integrated quantum and molecular circuits and systems
  • Quantum artificial intelligence and quantum security


  • PhD, Applied Physics, Stanford University, 2006
  • BS, Physics, Seoul National University, 1998

Awards & Honours

  • AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 2012
  • AT&T Leadership Award, Asia Pacific, 1999
  • General Electric Foundation Leaders Scholarship 1997-1998

Major Positions

Title Location When
Associate Professor  Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo June 2016-Present
Research Associate Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University  2010-2014
Postdoctoral Scholar Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University  2007-2014