Venkat Viswanathan received his B.Tech and M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. He then pursued and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. After a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the Department of Mechanic Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. He also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. His awards include a National Science Foundation CAREER award, an American Chemical Society PRF Young Investigator award, the Electrochemical Society Daniel Cubicciotti Award, and the Electrochemical Society Herbert H. Uhligh Summer Fellowship.
Reeja Jayan received her B. Tech. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from University of Kerala in 2002. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2008), and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2012), from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Jayan develops highly scalable processes for engineering multi-functional, micro- and nanoscale thin films or coatings on a variety of surfaces (wafers, paper, plastic, textiles). Applications range from transparent, flexible solar cells and electronic devices to conformal coatings on MEMS structures and biological scaffolds. From 2013-2015, she was a postdoctoral associate in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under the supervision of Professor Karen Gleason. Currently, Reeja Jayan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
Vincent Sokalski received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.S. and Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) both in Materials Science and Engineering. Following his graduate work, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, still at CMU, and finally joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013.
The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute was established in 2012 to help unify and promote research in quantum science and engineering in the Pittsburgh area. PQI members have faculty appointments from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh in physics, chemistry, and engineering disciplines.