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, the vice dean for research and infrastructure at the university’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, 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.
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Supratik Guha led the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, from 2015 to 2019. Before joining Argonne and the University of Chicago in 2015, he spent 20 years at IBM Research, where he last served as the director of physical sciences. At IBM, he pioneered the materials research that led to IBM’s high-dielectric-constant metal gate transistor, one of the most significant developments in silicon microelectronics technology. He was also responsible for initiating or significantly expanding IBM’s R&D programs in silicon photonics, quantum computing, sensor-based cyberphysical systems and photovoltaics.
Technology Integration Manager
Phil Smith’s experience includes development and implementation of innovation strategy for customers ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to technology startups, universities and government. His work spans research and development planning, building teams and establishing partnerships, and securing resources to catalyze high-impact technology programs. Smith has worked across multiple verticals, including advanced materials and manufacturing, chemicals, renewable and alternative energy, and health technology. He holds a Ph.D. in materials physics from The Ohio State University.
Technology Integration Manager
Matt Garrett is the director of technology transfer and private partnerships at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Garrett manages the technology transfer strategy and mission operations at SLAC and serves as the focal point for private industry engagement across the SLAC complex. Prior to joining SLAC, Garrett served as commercialization manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he managed intellectual property portfolios, licensing of technologies and the negotiation of partnership agreements. Garrett received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Florida State University and a master’s degree in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University
Chief Operations Officer
Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Connor is responsible for all operational aspects of Q-NEXT, including financial operations, project management integration, procurement, property, environmental, safety, health and quality assurance, communications, security, and oversight of the Argonne Quantum Foundry construction. With more than 30 years of experience at Argonne in both the centralized financial organization and the project management organization, Betsy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Benedictine University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Executive Program. She is a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant, and a project management professional.
Project Integration Manager
Jennifer Fortner, the Q-NEXT project integration manager, is a program manager in the Project Management Organization at Argonne National Laboratory. She has held project management and project controls roles for more than 20 years, including eight years at the Department of Navy working on a diverse set of projects such as explosive detection equipment, radio-frequency identification with facial recognition software, and casting powder production lines for the Trident missile program. Since 2010, she has overseen project controls at Argonne National Laboratory, including on some of the lab’s most prominent projects, on the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility-3 and on the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade. She received her bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Mary Washington and her master’s in systems analysis from the Naval Post Graduate School. She is a recognized subject matter expert in earned value management and a certified project management professional.
Environmental Safety & Health and Quality Assurance Lead
Christina Perez has been working in environmental health and safety since 2013. During her career at Argonne, Perez has been involved in managing occupational health programs, evaluating processes for hazards and risk, and collaborating with teams to develop safe work practices. She is a certified industrial hygienist with a Bachelor of Science in environmental health from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in industrial hygiene from the University of Montana.
Building two national foundries for standardized, high-quality quantum materials and devices.
Argonne National Laboratory
Hsiao-Mei Sherry Cho
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
Developing quantum systems with precise, controllable, optimal performance.
Argonne National Laboratory
Quantum Simulation & Systems
Developing simulation tools and using supercomputing to model quantum systems and materials.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Materials & Integration
Developing new qubit materials, refining qubit properties, and developing new methods for integrating devices.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago
Developing and deploying sensor systems with beyond-state-of-the-art performance.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Distributing entanglement over distances and enabling applications in quantum sensing and networked computing.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Chicago