Jimmy Zhu received his B.S. in Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and his M.S. and Ph.D., also in Physics, from the University of California at San Diego. He was an assistant professor and later associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. He received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1993 and the 1996 R&D100 Award for the CPP/GMR read sensor patent, one out of the twelve U.S. patents he currently holds.
Jerry Wang joined Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019. He received his BS in 2013 from Yale University (Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Physics), SM in 2015 from MIT (Mechanical Engineering), and PhD in 2019 from MIT (Mechanical Engineering and Computation), working with Professor Nicolas G. Hadjiconstantinou. He performed postdoctoral research at MIT in Chemical Engineering, working with Professor James W. Swan.
Paul W. Leu received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He then received both his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at U.C. Berkeley as a member of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and with a joint appointment in the Materials Division Center of Lawrence Berkeley. He finally joined the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Over the course of his career, he won several scholarships and awards, including the NSF CAREER award recently in 2016.
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.