Michael Van Stipdonk received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy and his Ph.D. also in Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He conducted his post-doctoral research also at Texas A&M and began his academic career at Wichita State University and Lawrence University before joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Duquesne University in 2013. He has won an NSF CAREER grant and the Kansas Biomedical Infrastructure Faculty-Scholar Award. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and of the American Chemical Society.
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.
Ryan O'Donnell earned his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2003 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His B.Sc. is in Joint Specialist degree in Mathematics and Computer Science (1999). His research work focuses on quantum computation, quantum complexity theory and quantum information. He is working as a Professor in the Department of Computer science, CMU since 2017.
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.