Giannis Mpourmpakis received a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from the University of Crete. He was then a post doctoral “Marie-Curie” research fellow at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (University of Delaware) for the outgoing phase, and then at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology in Hellas, Greece, for the return phase. He then held a senior researcher position at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at the University of Delaware before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
Geoffrey “Geoff” Hutchison received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, both degrees in Chemistry. After a postdoc at Cornell University he joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. He has won several awards through his career, including the Blue Obelisk Award in Cheminformatics in 2006. This award is given for achievements in promoting Open Data, Open Source, and Open Standard and reflects 5 years of Open Babel, Geoff’s software, providing key elements for open source chemistry software development and a full-featured toolbox for "speaking" the wide range of chemical representations on computers.
Daniel Lambrecht received his M.S. (Dipl.-Chem.) from the University of Düsseldorf and his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Tübingen in Germany. He then moved to UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher and finally joined the Chemistry Department of the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. He received the 2014 ACIE (Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence) award to support his proposal to enhance the use of technology for large lecture chemistry classes and the 2014 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences award for his effort on "Creating an Open Quantum Chemistry Repository” with his PQI colleague Geoff Hutchison.
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.