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 Jennifer Dionne is the senior associate vice provost of research platforms/shared facilities at Stanford University and an associate professor of materials science and engineering and, by courtesy, of radiology. She is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator and an associate editor of Nano Letters. She received her B.S. degrees in physics and systems science and mathematics from Washington University, her Ph.D. in physics at the Caltech, and her postdoctoral training in chemistry at UC Berkeley. A pioneer of nanophotonics, Dionne has been recognized with the Alan T. Waterman Award, an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a Moore Inventor Fellowship, the Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was featured on Oprah’s list of “50 Things that will make you say ‘Wow’!”. Dionne is co-founder of Pumpkinseed, a company enabling de novo protein sequencing. She frequently collaborates with artists to convey the beauty of science to the public.
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.
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 Coordinator and Quality Assurance Lead
Agnes Szarzec-Larsen is an environment, safety and health coordinator for the Argonne National Laboratory Material Science Division and the Argonne Quantum Foundry. She previously served as a hazard analyst with the Office of Emergency Management at Argonne and as a senior laboratory specialist in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Since 2012, Szarzec-Larsen has worked in the implementation of work planning and control processes, including evaluation of work activities, identification of hazards, and controls to mitigate risks and exposures. She has extensive knowledge of laboratory and chemical safety, with specific applications in ESH requirements and standards. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Utah.
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
Stanford University, SLAC
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