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ColdQuanta expands executive team with appointment of photonics and software technologists

By IQT News posted 17 Mar 2022

(PRNewswire) ColdQuanta has announced the appointment of Chris Wood to Vice President of Photonics Technologies and Alex Olivas as Vice President of Software Engineering and Operations. Chris and Alex join ColdQuanta’s growing leadership team guiding the company as it commercializes its innovative quantum technologies.
Chris Wood brings a deep background in atomic, molecular, optical and quantum technologies. He is an experienced technical executive with a demonstrated history of success in the LiDAR, defense, and medical device industries. Chris is skilled in all manner of Lasers, Thin Films, R&D and its transition to Production, Optical Engineering, Physics, and Spectroscopy. Prior to ColdQuanta, Chris served in various executive roles at Insight Lidar, Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories (KLM) Inc., and Precision Photonics. Chris previously served as a board member for the Colorado Photonics Industry Association.
Alex Olivas joins ColdQuanta as Vice President Software Engineering and Operations from the University of Maryland College Park where he served as a Research Associate and then Faculty Specialist for the last 17 years. Alex is deeply involved in the broader industry having founded the IceCube Open Source Organization, a gathering of open source projects from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which is designed to observe the cosmos from deep within the South Pole ice. For the last seven years, Alex served in a leadership role as IceCube’s Software Coordinator. Alex received his PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2004, where he worked for three years as a JILA graduate student on an experiment attempting to achieve BEC.

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