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Michal Bajcsy

Faculty, Associate Professor

Michal Bajcsy is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Electrical and Engineering department, where he joined as assistant professor in 2014.

Bajcsy received both his PhD in Applied Physics and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Raffi Budakian

Faculty, Professor - Currently on Sabbatical

After earning his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, Raffi Budakian was a visiting scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Centre.

David Cory

Faculty, Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate

David Cory is a physical chemist working to develop quantum devices for sensing and computation.  Earlier sensors have found applications in fields as varied as cancer diagnostics, materials processing for tires, improved sensitivity for oil exploration, and a sensor for dark matter searches.  Two startups recently spun out of the lab develop quantum sensors with medical, biochemical and materials applications.

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.

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.

Raymond Laflamme

Faculty, Professor

Raymond Laflamme was born in Quebec City and did his undergraduate studies in Physics at Universite Laval. He then moved to Cambridge, England, where he survived Part III of Mathematical Tripos before earning his PhD in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) under the direction of Stephen Hawking. Laflamme and Don Page are responsible for having changed Hawking's mind on the direction of time in a contracting Universe (as described in Hawking’s best-seller "A Brief History of Time").

Debbie Leung

Faculty, Professor

Debbie Leung joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo in 2005.

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.

Guo-Xing Miao

Faculty, Associate Professor

Professor Miao has been an associate professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo since July, 2023. He first joined IQC in May of 2011 as a Research Assistant Professor.

Prior to joining IQC, he received his PhD from Brown University in 2006, and then went on to roles as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michele Mosca

Faculty, Professor

Michele Mosca obtained a BMath at Waterloo in 1995 and was recipient of the Mathematics Faculty Alumni Gold Medal. He went to Wolfson College, University of Oxford, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and received an MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 1996. He continued at Oxford, obtaining a DPhil in quantum computer algorithms in 1999 while holding the Robin Gandy Junior Research Fellowship.

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.

Ashwin Nayak

Faculty, Professor

Ashwin Nayak is a professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization. He studied theoretical computer science at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (BTech, 1995) and at University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 1999). After holding post-doctoral positions at DIMACS Center (Rutgers University) and AT&T Labs-Research (2000) and California Institute of Technology (2001-02), he joined the University of Waterloo in 2002. He was Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, from 2003-11.

Dmitry Pushin

Faculty, Associate Professor

Dmitry Pushin has formal training in experimental neutron physics and interferometry, quantum information, and condensed matter physics.

Michael Reimer

Faculty, Associate Professor

Michael Reimer joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in 2015.

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.

William Slofstra

Faculty, Associate Professor

William Slofstra received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. After spending part of 2012 at the University of British Columbia as a Research Associate, Slofstra returned to California as the Krener Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis.

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.

Degrees

  • 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 

IBM 

2010 – 2016 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

IBM 

2007 – 2010 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

University of Bristol 

2006 – 2007 

Adam Wei Tsen

Assistant Professor

Professor Adam Wei Tsen joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor in 2016.

After receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, as well as a BS in Engineering Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, he completed his PhD in Applied Physics at Cornell University under the guidance of Jiwoong Park.