Guanglei Cheng received his B.S.in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and his Ph.D. also in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. He stayed at Pitt for several years first as a postdoc then as a Research Assistant Professor. He will be joining the faculty of USTC as of the fall of 2016, while retaining an adjunct professorship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Pittsburgh.
In recent years there have been fascinating discoveries of several types of quantum condensed forms of matter exhibiting novel phenomena arising from interactions among the constituents, such as, electrons in solids, or atoms & molecules in ultracold matter. Common to all of these is the emergence of spectacular phases with novel macroscopic behavior in the vicinity of quantum instabilities. Phenomena such as these give glimpses into the nature of the rich underlying quantum world, and provide motivation for theoretical study of correlated Fermi systems.
Patrick Irvin recieved both his B.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked in the Levy group. He remained in the group as a post doc and is now a research assistant professor.
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.