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Sandbox welcomes Nadia Carlsten as Vice President of Product; IQT-San Diego’s “Women in Quantum” Fireside Chat Led by Denise Ruffner Featured Nadia Carlsten

By Sandra Helsel posted 13 May 2022

(SandBoxAQ) Sandbox AQ welcomed Nadia Carlsten as the new Vice President of Product in an official announcement May 12.  That same morning, Women in Quantum’s Denise Ruffner welcomed Dr. Carlsten to the special “Fireside Chat” session of IQT-San Diego Quantum Enterprise.  IQT-News shares the official announcement below:

Nadia was most recently Head of Product at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. In that role she helped define strategic direction and drive product development for quantum technologies for a team leading the development of quantum algorithms, quantum hardware, and control software to build Amazon’s first fault-tolerant quantum computer. She also helped launch Amazon Braket, AWS’s quantum computing service, which provides customers access to multiple types of quantum computers and simulators, enabling them to build quantum applications that leverage hybrid quantum/classical systems. She began her career at Amazon helping AWS software partners innovate in security and machine learning.

Prior to Amazon, she was Director of Commercialization at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she led innovation initiatives and managed a technology accelerator program that successfully launched several startups and brought new cybersecurity technologies to market. Earlier, she was also the Chief Innovation Strategist at the Department of Energy, responsible for strategic planning and implementation of Open Innovation and Technology Transfer activities.

“Nadia combines a rare mix of technical and product expertise, academic and scientific excellence, and experience working in both industry and government. We are proud to have her join the Sandbox AQ team, where her knowledge and experience will have an immediate impact,” said Jack D. Hidary. CEO of Sandbox AQ. “Nadia is very attuned to the state of the industry, what’s realistic and what’s hype. The fact that she has joined Sandbox AQ, after an illustrious career at Amazon, the U.S. Government and others, speaks volumes about our company and its prospects.”

At Sandbox AQ, Nadia will align the product development teams behind a single vision and make sure that customers benefit from the entire spectrum of what Sandbox AQ can offer – in quantum security, sensing, and simulation and optimization. Her goal is to make sure that every idea, product and roadmap we develop addresses customers’ needs, is rooted in innovative technology, and ties into our long-term business strategy.

When asked why she joined Sandbox AQ, Nadia said, “Sandbox AQ is approaching quantum in a very different way. Its focus on security, sensing, simulation and other AI and quantum solutions goes beyond quantum computing, allowing Sandbox AQ to take on some of the world’s biggest computing challenges without relying on quantum hardware itself. Sandbox AQ is not building a mass market product for one particular sector or function, it’s looking to leverage AI and quantum to address unique customer needs and challenges to deliver value today. This bigger business vision means a bigger, more robust product vision and deeper customer interactions across a broad range of industries.”


Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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