By IQT News posted 22 Nov 2021

(EurekaAlert) The Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA) prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers in quantum information science (QIS) and technology.
Three early-career researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, one of 15 QSA partner institutions, shared their experiences in this article about QSA’s collaborative culture and how they’ve found the support in a diverse and inclusive atmosphere to advance their careers. IQT-News summarizes:

Anthony Polloreno
Anthony Polloreno is a doctoral candidate in theoretical physics who researches quantum information science and metrology. His interests in QIS started early as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, which is also a QSA partner institution, where Polloreno studied mathematics, physics, and computer science. He then worked at Rigetti Computing for a few years before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Many of my research collaborators are also members of QSA, so I am always informed about what is relevant and what needs to be further researched. This summer, I also did an internship at the Quantum Performance Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia is Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s lead partner for QSA.

Diego Barberena
Diego Barberena is also a doctoral candidate focusing on quantum metrology.The tipping point in Barberena’s academic career emerged after a quantum optics class with experimental physicists. After that, he developed a fascination for blending theory with the lab’s experimental approaches. What intrigues him the most about QIS is how large-scale quantum entanglement is being leveraged as a resource for discovery and innovation. Researchers in the field continuously develop ingenious ideas, with experiments usually taking the forefront.

Maya Miklos
Maya is a graduate student in Jun Ye’s research group. Ye is a QSA thrust lead, whose work includes building increasingly precise neutral atom systems. Miklos is part of a research team looking to generate quantum entanglement. She developed an interest in QIS during her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, after taking Mikhail Lukin’s class in quantum information theory. Captivated by the subject, Miklos worked at the Lukin Group at Harvard on quantum optics. Harvard is a QSA partner institution and Lukin is a thrust lead.

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