Feng Xiong received his Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He received several awards including the Stanford Nano and Quantum Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award, the Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship, and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Outstanding Student Research Gold Award.
Jin Zhao received her B.S. in Physics as well as her Ph.D., also in Physics, from the University of Science & Technology of China. She then joined the University of Pittsburgh as a postdoctoral research associate and stayed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a research assistant professor. Since 2010, she is a professor in the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscope in the Department of Physics of her alma mater, the University of Science & Technology of China, while retaining an adjunct professorship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Brian D’Urso received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from Harvard University, where his work contributed to a new measurement of the electron g-factor, which currently provides the most accurate measurement of the fine structure constant. He then went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow and remained as a member of the ORNL Research then Senior Research Staff until 2008, where he led a team in developing nanostructured materials and novel fabrication techniques. In 2009, he joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Physics while remaining a joint faculty member at ORNL. Currently, he is working as a assistant professor in Montana State University.
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.