Theodore “Ted” Corcovilos received his B.A. in College Scholars (Physics and Math) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He joined Duquesne University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 2013. Ted is a long-time member of several societies such as the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Physics Students—although now as a faculty member. He is also a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has worked and published with numerous undergraduate students throughout his career.
Sara Majetich received her B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University, her M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Georgia. Following that, she did postdoctoral work at Cornell University before joining the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990, where she now is a full professor. She received several awards including the Ashkin Award for excellence in teaching, the Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Advising Award, and a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. She has three patents and over 100 publications.
Michael Widom received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, both in Physics. He was then a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University before joining the Department of Physics of Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He has won several fellowships and awards and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He was a visiting Professor at several universities, including his alma mater Cornell and Universities Paris Sud and Jussieu in France. He is also a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School since 2007.
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.