New Pittsburgh Quantum Institute (PQI) Director Named

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 18 July 2022

Last month, the founding director of PQI, Jeremy Levy, stepped down from the position.  PQI was founded in 2012 with the mission “to help unify and promote quantum science and engineering in Pittsburgh,” and Jeremy and PQI succeeded in doing exactly that. 

This month, we are excited to announce that Adam Leibovich will serve as the new Director for a three-year term (renewable). 

His long experience leading and growing essential parts of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, coupled with his extensive and successful research program, and his award-winning teaching expertise makes him the perfect person to expand and increase PQI’s activities and impact.

For those who are less familiar with Adam and his work, here is a brief bio:

Adam received his BA in Physics magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1992 and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1997.  From 1997-2000 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2000-2002 a postdoctoral research fellow at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).  During his time at Fermilab, he was a visiting postdoc at MIT and a visiting postdoc at CMU.  In 2003 he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh.  He became the Department Chair in 2015, and Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Research Development in 2017, and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in 2020.

The research program of Leibovich spans a variety of areas in theoretical physics.  Most of his research has centered on the strong and weak interactions of the Standard Model. In particular, he uses effective field theory techniques to study heavy quarks as a probe of these interactions, and to try to uncover physics beyond the Standard Model.  Leibovich also has published research on gravitational waves, the physics of extra dimensions, matter at extreme densities, and the physics of dark matter. 

Leibovich is also a passionate teacher, and has won the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Dietrich School of Arts and Science’s Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award. He has worked nationally to improve STEM education, authoring articles focusing on undergraduate education.

Awards/Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Sigma Xi, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, NSF CAREER award, Cottrell Scholar Award, Tin and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award, Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Please join us in thanking Jeremy for his service, and in welcoming Adam to this new position.