Careers in Quantum Engineering & Computing

Monday, April 25, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST

Quantum computing is a quickly growing field, harnessing the phenomena of quantum mechanics to significantly advance new ways of computing. Join our panel this week to learn more about various careers that exist within quantum engineering & computing. Our panelists will discuss what drew them to the field, the types of projects that populate their days, the competencies that are required to be successful in these types of careers, and their advice for how to use your scientific training to support your entry into this career path.

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Alexandre Bourassa, PhD

Research Scientist - Quantum AI, Google

Alexandre Bourassa is a Research Scientist in the Quantum AI team at Google working on building scalable quantum computing hardware and software. Alex earned a B.Eng. in electrical engineering at McGill University (Quebec, Canada) where he worked on quantum optomechanics and NV centers in diamonds. He then completed his PhD in quantum engineering working at the University of Chicago where he worked on the quantum control of optically active spin qubits in semiconductor material (SiC).

Ieva Liepuoniute, PhD

Research Staff Member, IBM

Dr. Liepuoniute is a Research Staff Member at the IBM-Almaden Research Center. She is in the Quantum Computing Applications group and is interested in utilizing quantum computers for chemistry applications. Her current projects include simulating spin dynamics in organic crystals, modeling chemical reactions and performing quantum chemistry benchmark studies on the current quantum hardware. Dr. Liepuoniute received a B.S. with honors in Chemistry from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in 2017. Her undergraduate research was in experimental design of functional organic materials and computational studies of material defects in the solid state. Dr. Liepuoniute obtained her Ph.D. in 2021 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the direction of Professors Miguel Garcia-Garibay and Ken Houk. During her graduate studies she combined computational and experimental methods in exploring the energetics and rotational dynamics in molecular gears, dipolar rotors in metal-organic frameworks and chemical reactivity of small organic molecules in the solid state.