Sean Garrett-Roe received his B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. He then moved to Switzerland for five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, where he developed multidimensional vibrational spectroscopy to understand the hydrogen bonding network of liquid water. Sean then joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 as an associate professor of Chemistry. His work has won him several prizes in the United States and in Switzerland both for his contribution as a researcher and as an academic teacher.
Robert Griffiths received his B.A. in Physics from Princeton University, then his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University. Since joining the Department of Physics of Carnegie Mellon University, he has won several fellowships and awards, including the US Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Cressy Morrison Award of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics. He was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is the originator of the consistent histories approach to quantum mechanics, and a correlation inequality for ferromagnetic spin systems was named after him.
Yang Wang received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China and an M.E. in Electronic Physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also obtained an M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University. He holds a primary appointment as Senior Computational Scientist at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center since 1996 and is an Adjunct Faculty in the Physics Department of Duquesne University since 2010. He has received the 1998 Gordon Bell Prize for high performance computing and the Year 2000 Smithsonian Computerworld Program Award.
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.