Quantum Panel Discussion

How can government, industry, foundations, and academia work together to advance the second quantum revolution?

 Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:20pm-1:40pm, University Club Ballroom A


The purpose of the panel discussion is to find out a road map for developing a platform for integrating industry, academia and Governmental agencies for expediting the realization of quantum technologies into practice. This will also deal with uniting people belonging to various organizations on the same platform and explore the opportunities to work together.

Topics that will be discussed in this panel discussion:

  • Industrialization of quantum computing.
  • Google, Microsoft, IBM participation to accelerating quantum technology.
  • Expected short-term/long term impact in quantum computing
    Investment of companies in quantum computing research.
  • Key role of universities to industrialize quantum computing.
  • Possible steps needed for the universities to accelerate realization of quantum technology.
  • Opportunities for grad or undergrad students/postdocs.
  • Promote collaboration between various industries, academia, and governmental agencies.

There will also be a focus on Q&A. Please submit any questions for the moderator to ask during the panel. Submitted questions will have higher priorty than off-the-cuff questions if time falls short.


Alexander Cronin
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Alex Cronin is a program director at the National Science Foundation. His program responsibilities include the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Experimental Physics program;  the Connections in Quantum Information Science program; the Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects; and  Quantum Information Science program. He is also working as a joint professor at Department of Physics in University of Arizona where his goal to pioneer new measurement techniques using optics. He earned his PhD in physics 1999 from University of Washington.

Tatjana Curcic
Program Manager
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Tatjana Curcic is a program manager of Quantum Information Science at the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. She was the founding director of Quantum Valley Ideas Laboratories where she  launched a new applied research organization aimed at developing quantum technologies. She assisted in the development of new DARPA programs and managed existing programs in diverse scientific areas including QIS, atomic, molecular, optical physics, and condensed matter physics. She earned her PhD in physics in 1998 from Cornell University.

Eric Ostby
Product Manager

Eric Ostby is a program manager at Google, Greater Los Angeles. Currently he is leading the quantum computing academic and research collaborations. He is also involved in quantum hardware and supply chain. Previously, he was involved in Google’s video advertising business with broad responsibilities and detailed knowledge of the video ads sector. Prior to joining Google, Eric was the strategy and corporate development director at Ingram Micro, Santa Ana. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering in 2009 from Caltech.

Dusan Pejakovic
Program Officer
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Dusan Pejakovic is a program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. His research work is focused on optics and laser spectroscopy (LIF, REMPI, FTIR); analog signal processing; high vacuum systems design; materials characterization (SEM/EDS, AFM, magnetic measurements); and LabVIEW programming. Previously he worked as a research physicist in the areas of chemical physics and materials science at SRI International where he managed government-funded projects. He earned his PhD in physics in 2001 from Ohio State University.


Moderator: Andrew Daley
Professor of Physics
University of Strathclyde Glasgow

Andrew Daley is a full professor at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. He is working in the field of non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum gases, quantum simulation and implementation of quantum computing in many-body systems. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, he was a member of the physics faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. His worked has included novel phenomena on a theoretical level with analytical and numerical techniques; many-body physics; quantum optics; and AMO physics.  He earned his PhD in physics in 2005 from the University of Innsbruck.