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Ultimately, Ilana makes sure that OQC remains at the forefront of the quantum revolution. Thanks to her academic background, having gained a PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she spent most of her PhD as a student in industry at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, she’s also providing technical input in the design of our quantum computer.
Ilana’s ambitions can be summed up in a single word that comes up a lot in a conversation with her: impact. Not just in the fledging quantum computing industry, but in the world writ. She believes in pushing the boundaries and doing things that have never been done before, thanks to quantum computing.
Ilana takes pride in breaking grounds on multiple levels: as a pioneer in quantum physics and as an executive woman in tech. When she’s not roadmapping, speaking at an event, reporting to the Board, pitching investors, hiring more ninjas or giving interviews, you might find her playing the piano, enjoying live music nights or boxing at the gym.
Since joining OQC his objective was to always add value to the organisation and contribute positively to its ongoing success. Utilising his academic background, Civil Engineering (BSc) and Construction Project Management (MSc), Tawfik is an asset to OQC and is a pivotal member of the team that helps bring OQC vision to life.
Outside work Tawfik spends most of his time with family and friends, whilst sparing some time for reading, writing, playing football and bodybuilding.
Before joining OQC Oscar worked at UCL and Imperial College London. At UCL he performed experiments building prototypical quantum memories and at Imperial he worked on transmon qubits. He completed his PhD at UCL.
Outside of science Oscar is a pretty amateur potter, forages in the autumn and likes to cook for and with his friends.
Prior to OQC, Kowsar was working as a research associate at the University of Bath, where she was responsible for the design, fabrication and process optimisation of magnetic MEMS devices. To do so, she gained a lot of knowledge on process design and COMSOL simulations, as well as cleanroom fabrication and electroplating.
Kowsar studied for her PhD as a Marie Curie early stage researcher in University of Leeds. Her work was on magnetic thin films suitable for new generation of data storage, and focused on domain wall dynamics in Co/Pt multilayers. Hence, she got skilled in different thin film deposition systems and various characterisation techniques. She also has prior experience of working on organic solar cells and Co/Pd thin films.
Outside the lab, Kowsar loves enjoying nature, taking long walks (listening to a podcast) and maybe going climbing from time to time. She also enjoys reading Persian poems as a way to relax.
Simon is an experienced technology executive and a seasoned entrepreneur. Since joining a burgeoning entertainment software industry in the 90’s, Simon has founded and grown several companies to international acclaim. From raising finance, establishing international organisations (including in China) and business development, Simon has a deep understanding of the fast paced technology sector.
Having previously been recognised in the ‘Games Industry Top 30 under 30’ for three consecutive years (before getting too old!) and Young Business Person of the Year in the Oxfordshire Business Awards, Simon is excited to apply his expertise and dynamic thinking to the world of Quantum computing.
Outside of technology, Simon has a private pilot's license and enjoys flying vintage aircrafts, has competed in international endurance motorsport events and has finished the London and New York marathons!
Marco is an Aeronautical Engineer, and prior to joining OQC he has worked in different industries in diverse countries as a Project Engineer. He gained experience in problem solving and design applying new technologies to improve production processes.
Marco grew up in Argentina, and outside the office he enjoys riding horses and running. He also likes outdoor sports, such as diving and motocross.
Prior to joining OQC, Connor worked at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he was the lead researcher for the Superconducting Electronics team and worked on the development of Josephson Travelling Wave Parametric Amplifiers (JTWPAs) and research into the physics of superconducting nanobridges as Josephson elements, as well as dipping his toes into quantum metrology.
Connor received his PhD in physics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014 for work on the detection of thermoelectric effects in superconductors using a Hybrid Quantum Interference Device (HyQUID) as the read-out detector. He also developed a novel implementation of the HyQUID for use as a latching quantum read-out.
Connor is a member of the Institute of Physics, and has held Chartered Physicist status since 2017.
Outside of the laboratory he enjoys being outdoors - particularly multi-day hiking, as well as running (extremely slowly) through forests.
In her spare time Charlie loves travelling, keeping fit and cooking.
Originally from the United States, Brian moved to the UK in 2017 where he has served as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Oxford focusing in superconducting quantum circuits. Previously a research staff scientist for IBM, Brian helped develop their large-scale quantum computing platform. He was also a part of the founding team for the ‘IBM Quantum Experience’, the first publicly-accessible quantum computer.
Brian received his PhD in experimental physics at Yale University with work that showed the largest ‘Schrodinger cat states’ to date using microwave photons. Since moving to the UK, Brian has enjoyed running (slowly) through the muddy trails along the Thames and is a self-proclaimed transit nerd.
Chris is a multi-skilled technician who has worked in a number of different industries. He has a lot of practical hands-on experience working with anything from CNC sheet metal machinery, to electronic rework and repair. Chris will use his experience to assist the quantum hardware team in overcoming practical problems.
Chris enjoys working on old motor cars, playing the drums, and fixing / operating old machinery in his spare time.
Narendra completed his PhD in physics from Temple University Philadelphia, USA where he focused on the development of superconductingTHz receivers for NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Before joining OQC, Narendra was a post-doctoral research fellow at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden where he developed novel MgB2 superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. His interests include superconducting quantum technology, quantum education outreach activities for underrepresented communities in science.
Originally from the foothills of the Himalayas, Narendra loves trekking, and he reads books and writes poems in his native language.
As a Software Engineer, Kajsa is responsible for a number of quantum and development infrastructure projects around quantum chip simulation and data management systems.
Kajsa holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Lund University (Sweden) and a dual M.Sc. in Space Instrumentation and Technology from Université Paul Sabatier (France) and Luleå University of Technology (Sweden). Originally from Sweden, Kajsa loves the outdoors and takes any opportunity for alpine skiing. When there's no place to ski, she is quite content going for a hike or building a camp in some remote forest. This is fortunate as Oxfordshire doesn't have any mountains and seldom any snow.
From there she joined OQC as a quantum engineer, working in the quantum hardware team to run qubit measurements and develop our unique superconducting qubit technology.
Prior to joining OQC Norbert worked on several integrated development environments as a software engineer, getting familiar with multiple areas of software development, like automated tests, build automation, compilers and UI.
Norbert received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the ENS Lyon (France). Besides his professional experience, he also got involved in several research projects in academia. Most of the time, he worked closely with FPGAs, for example studying floorplanning algorithms, high level synthesis, or designing several applications.
Norbert loves to travel and visit new places, either as a vacation or for work, so moving to the UK from Romania was an exciting adventure. When he is not exploring, Norbert reads and watches movies, preferably science fiction or fantasy themed ones.
Before joining OQC Jamie worked as a software developer for a grid battery company, part of the UK's national grid goal to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Academically, Jamie's research was centered around quantum estimation theory, with an emphasis on the optimisation of multidimensional magnetic field estimation.
In his spare time Jamie enjoys chess (playing for Hackney chess club virtually), crochet and likes to attempt to finish a crossword puzzle. He also enjoys assorted weather dependent sports including running, bouldering and powerlifting.
Prior to joining OQC, Jonathan worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Measurement Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). While there, he led research on the metrology of superconducting qubits focusing on the metrology and statistics for reliable reporting of qubit parameters. Before this, Jonathan was a PDRA/Quantum Engineer at the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WaCQT) at Chalmers University in Sweden where he focused on understanding decoherence in superconducting qubits and nanowire superinductors. He has also worked as a PDRA at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL, where he worked on novel focused-ion-beam techniques as a means of realising low-dissipation nanowire circuits.
In 2014, Jonathan received a PhD in Physics from Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL). For his PhD, Jonathan worked between NPL and RHUL to develop new readout methods for superconducting resonators based upon frequency-metrology techniques.
Outside of the lab, Jonathan enjoys walking his dog and homebaking.
Outside of the office, long walks through the countryside or coast are the ideal Sunday or making travel plans to see more of the world. A foodie at heart and artist by boredom, cooking and ongoing drawings occupy most of her free time outside of work and studying.
Richard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has a wealth of experience delivering complex projects into production from small teams to large scale assembly lines at various international locations. In addition, he has worked within the areas of Supplier Quality, Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2013.
Richard enjoys an active family life, as well as running, hiking and caring for his beloved Land Rover Defender. Also enjoying watching Rugby and Motorsport with friends when time permits.
After finishing his PhD at the University of Manchester in a magnetic nanotechnology/spintronics based subject, he then began a one year post-doctoral research fellowship dedicated to developing the most promising aspects of his PhD research. The impactful application of physics and nanotechnology to the world has always been a great interest and this, coupled with his skills in software engineering/computer programming and fascination of quantum physics, made a position in the software team of OQC the ideal opportunity to further progress his career.
In his free time, Harry is an eager hiker with a great interest in exploring the outdoors and travelling. He also enjoys socialising with friends, reading and trying out new recipes from his various cook-books.
Outside of the office; Steve is a huge sports fan, following 5 different sports. Steve's ideal weekend is a long walk in the countryside whilst frantically trying to keep up to date on the results of the weekend's sports
Prior to joining OQC, Yashwanth received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Leuven and IMEC in Belgium, where he worked on the development of 2D materials based tunnelling transistors for future electronic applications. He specialises in evaluating device performance and integration of novel materials for future CMOS technology. His current research interests include Quantum based Semiconductor and Superconductor technologies.
Outside of the office, Yashwanth plays the keyboard and composes music in Indian and contemporary genres. He also enjoys going to the gym and loves spending his off-days doing long hikes.
Prior to joining OQC, Peter worked for multi-national, blue-chip organisations including ARM, Imagination Technologies and Ensilica and has led multiple COTS products from the ground up, including an ATX motherboard and an extended temperature, rugged SATA controller.
Peter has contributed in the development of multiple large scale, SOC products including a spectrography based gas detector, fingerprint recognition system and a radar-based, MIMO system for autonomous vehicles. Peter has also designed various IP products from the ground up, including a novel, power-aware SPI controller, an I2C controller, a memory controller and a parametrically scalable IIR filter.
Peter has a range of extracurricular qualifications in FPGA design, verification and RF engineering. In his spare time, Peter enjoys rock-climbing and producing music.
Gioele joined OQC as quantum engineer and is working with the quantum hardware team on advancing the capabilities of current quantum processing units.
Originally from Italy, in his spare time Gioele enjoys experimenting new cuisines (both by cooking and eating!), going for walks in the London parks and spending time with his friends and with his inseparable cat Gina.
Before joining OQC, Nicki spent the last few years working in children’s social care, supporting young adults who had previously been looked after; offering advice and support to develop their independent skills and help them successfully transition into adulthood.
Outside of the office, you can find Nicki at a coffee shop; walking her dog or redecorating her first home.
Josephson junctions. The research was part of a Marie-Curie European Training Network in Quantum Optomechanics.
Tasnimul joined OQC as Quantum Engineer and is now part of the Quantum R&D team, working towards solutions for scalable and error-free quantum computing.
Outside of work, Tasnimul enjoys watching football and cricket and is an avid Manchester United fan. Occasionally, he also enjoys travelling in Europe and watching movies.
Owen worked as part of a software consultancy for 14 years prior to joining OQC. For more than a decade, Owen has built and managed scientific software as part of international collaborations. Most recently, Owen has worked with the European Spallation Source under construction in Sweden.
When not looking after his young children, Owen can be found building and riding bikes.
Darren graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a BSc in Physics with Planetary and Space Physics and a PhD in the field of cryogenic instrumentation. He has since worked internationally with a focus on astrophysics instrumentation for submillimeter and far-infrared astronomy and has contributed hardware to space flight missions that include JWST-MIRI, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Herschel Space Telescope. Prior to OQC, Darren worked as a Technologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, USA. From there, he developed cryogenic heterodyne receivers and RF components for future ground, air and space deployments.
In his spare time, Darren enjoys spending time with his family as well as working on a classic car, flying gliders, travelling and designing/building various maker projects.
Passionate about personal development, in her free time she enjoys fitness and trying out new healthy recipes.
Ilona always puts the precious moments with her family first. She loves travelling to nice sunny places where she can fully relax, discover local cuisine and see all the beautiful places that the world has to offer.
Bryn has worked for 10 years as an academic researcher specialising in experimental quantum optics and quantum information science. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol, working on optical quantum computing with fibre-optic sources of entangled photons, before going on to postdoctoral positions at the University of Sydney and Oxford University, working on single photon sources, frequency converters, and circuits based on silicon photonic chips. Immediately prior to joining OQC Bryn held a Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship at Imperial College London.
In his spare time, Bryn occasionally enjoys guitars, painting, and the gym, but more often good food, watching films, and his cat.
Prior to Joining OQC Phil has worked designing FPGA for Test and Measurement applications (Broadcast and Ethernet), Worked for a FPGA Vendor and experienced the full lifecycle of system design covering software, networking and FPGA design in the finance industry. Most recently he was operating his own FPGA consulting business.
When not spending time with his family, or tinkering under a kit car, Phil enjoys Bouldering and getting out on a XC Mountain bike.
In his off time he runs various TTRPG games and plays piano (badly, for now).
Prior to joining OQC, Waqas had a purely RF background. He worked on a number of projects; which included two with the European Space Agency (developing a Ka-band ground terminal communication system for tracking LEO & MEO satellites and a Ka-band communication system for automotive vehicles) and a project with McLaren (developing a 5G communication system for car & rail networks).
Waqas has a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in RF & Electromagnetics — both from the University of Westminster in London. He and his research group also contributed to developing techniques for using Graphene as an RF switch. During his PhD, he gained first-hand knowledge of the design, fabrication and test of antennas and filters — and many life skills and experiences.
Outside work, Waqas enjoys a wide range of activities. These span from indoor ones (reading, violin and building things) to outdoors ones (travelling and most outdoor sports). He aims to be a violinist and a tennis ace one day — and daydreams playing in Wimbledon finals.
He then went onto a postdoc at UC Berkeley, working on methodologies for nuclear spin hyperpolarisation. During this time he gained skills in instrument control and anticrossing physics between nuclear and electron spins. His postdoc in Berkeley included engineering of RF transmission lines and significant amounts of RF pulse engineering using AWGs. During this time he also worked on his own python framework to simulate the quantum mechanics of nuclear-electron spin interactions.
Then slightly shifting fields, he did another postdoc at the University of Cologne in the area of cQED on topological insulators towards Majorana quantum computing. Rich began at the start of a new venture into cQED in this lab, so had significant exposure to RF engineering for Transmon qubits from the ground up. He also worked heavily on design, simulation, fabrication and measurement of various iterations of superconducting CPW resonators. This included DC/RF hybrid devices as well as high magnetic field compatible designs. Throughout this experience he developed his own python package for mask generation of superconducting CPW designs with Andreev qubits.
In his spare time Richard is bouldering, multi-day hiking or reading.
Mya loves animals, nature and dancing. In her spare time she learns about the world of metaphysics and enjoys designing and creating crystal jewellery for healing purposes. Mya is also regularly involved in volunteering with charities.
Before joining OQC Tom has worked at both startups and large enterprise companies, building and improving platforms, web applications and APIs. More recently adopting modern DevOps methods to automate cloud infrastructure build and software integration/delivery.
Outside of work Tom brews beer in his garden, plays the drums and likes to run occasionally.
Before joining OQC, Will studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey and enjoys experimenting with mechanisms and optimising systems.
In his spare time he loves swimming and being outdoors, and is passionate about whitewater kayaking - spending as much time as possible travelling around the country chasing rain with friends.
Her background is varied, ranging from Executive Assistant in a Pharmaceutical testing company to helping coordinate a project to improve Physics Research capacity in Sub Saharan Africa and teaching RE, Psychology and Anthropology in secondary schools.
Outside of work Gillian enjoys long walks in the countryside, trying new places to eat and she spent much of the pandemic returning to university to gain a Masters in Creative Enterprise.
Prior to joining OQC, Gavin completed his PhD in Quantum Technology jointly between UCL's London Centre for Nanotechnology and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). His research focused mainly on using superconducting resonators to measure coherence properties of electron spin resonance transitions in rare-earth doped crystals, with his experience in fabrication, cryogenics, and superconducting devices. More recently he has been designing and simulating RF devices to improve the sensitivity of lateral flow tests.
When not dealing with quantum hardware, Gavin's hobbies include hiking, home-brewing, and hoarding board games.
Charles has a wealth of experience in optimising operations within the UK manufacturing industry, delivering process improvements, developing strategy and deploying key results and coaching programmes. In addition, he has worked in Manufacturing Engineering, Logistics & Facilities Management delivering complex projects.
Charles likes to mountain bike or run in the hills with his family and dog. Also he enjoys the occasional cold water sea swim, yoga and is passionate about skiing.
Chris has over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and maintenance within a variety of industries including chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and the defence sector, but primarily in the subsea oil and gas industry where he initially assembled subsea hydraulic hardware before progressing on to hydraulic systems pressure testing and flushing, which involved verifying hydraulic system cleanliness using fluid particle analysis equipment for witnessing client inspectors. Later, Chris progressed on to the role of Product Support Engineer where he focused on production quality notifications in SAP, SOP creation and became a technical advisor for the vendor NCR team.
In his spare time, Chris can mostly be found renovating his house. But he has been known to properly relax sometimes and likes to spend time with family, game on the PC he built, cycle, or listen to music on his hi-fi.
He started his career in electronics before moving into ASIC design for mobile phones at Nokia, for consumer electronics at LSI Logic, FPGA's for storage systems at Hitachi and most lately for broadcast video products.
In his spare time Ray will most likely be playing, coaching or refereeing volleyball, walking through the countryside or hiking up some mountains.
Otherwise DIY and home automation will be a major time sink, and probably some more volleyball!
Prior to joining OQC, Rob was undertaking a PhD at the University of Bath where he was creating III-N nanostructures to house site-controlled quantum dots. He has experience nanopatterning and dry etching along with SEM and AFM characterisation. He also has experience in MOVPE crystallographic epitaxial growth.
Outside of work Rob enjoys watching football, working out and walking his dog. He also likes reading books and watching films.
His area of expertise covers the use of semiconductors in device applications, with particular experience in the fabrication of field effect transistors, experimental test structures and process development. His published work ranges from demonstrations of novel surface transfer doping, to device characterisation and development of atomic layer etching. Notably, Kevin’s work has advanced the use of diamond as a next-generation semiconductor material for high-frequency and high-power devices. While with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, he fabricated cutting-edge diamond field effect transistors which utilised the surface transfer doping effect developed at Glasgow.
Kevin enjoys a good, comfy chair. He is an avid gamer, owns too many books, and likes to bake for others.
In her free time Deepali loves to workout, catch up with friends and spend time with family. She also loves cooking for friends and family, and loves travelling to explore new places.
Before this Tom worked at the National Physical Laboratory in the Quantum Information Processing department his work included modelling, fabricating and measuring superconducting devices. He has a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London which was supported by the National Physical Laboratory where he focused on developing a multi-mode model of superconducting travelling wave amplifiers.
Outside of work Tom enjoys a long dog walk followed by a country pub. Tom also enjoys cooking, football, rugby and watching various e-sports.
He has a degree in electronics Engineering, and a background in networking. Before OQC, Antonio was a test manager working in the electronic manufacturing and services industry, bringing efficiency to all process.
In his free time he is always tinkering running his own electronics projects, and also enjoys the nature and all outdoor activities like walking in the forest and riding the bike, but fishing is his main passion. Originally, Antonio is from Venezuela.
Apart from studies, Renuka loves listening to music (no singing, horrible at that she says), going on hikes and travelling around to explore new places and cultures.
Andrew has 15 years of previous experience calibrating a range of building service instrumentation as part of a multi faceted organization refining building energy efficiency.
Andrew is the drummer in the Reading based band The Clever Hans who are currently writing their third album. Andrew is also a novelist having published his first novel "The Equilibrium of Eternity's Playground" in 2018 and is currently writing his second. Andrew is a keen cyclist and can often be found on a Sunday afternoon ascending the best of Berkshire and Oxfordshire's category four hills.
After completing his master’s degree at the University of Sheffield, he spent more than 3 years in the aerospace and Satcom industry as an RF/system design engineer. There he was involved in designing the RF system for the satellite ground stations (that operate between UHF and Q/V frequency bands) down to component level. He also work on designing/developing VHF/UHF ground-to-air communication systems for the airports to communicate with aircrafts.
In his free time, Waseem enjoys reading and playing with his children.
Before joining OQC, Rohit was working as a Research Assistant at the Superconducting Quantum Device Laboratory (SQDLab) at the University of Queensland, Australia.
After finishing University and gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science Connor was given (the amazing - his words!) opportunity of working for OQC as a Junior Software Engineer and joining the incredible team we have assembled.
In his spare time Connor loves walks in the countryside, visiting National Trust locations and is also an avid film buff. After moving to Reading from Kent, Connor aims to take the opportunity of a fresh start to incorporate more exercise into his daily life, however, this may conflict with his love of a good beer.
Travers has joined OQC as a Quantum Engineer and is working with the quantum systems team.
The majority of his spare time is dedicated to raising his amazing family. Any other time is spent messing with classical computers, playing games or very occasionally snooker.
Ryan has an interest in physics and engineering and was previously performing research at Loughborough University in building energy and building systems.
In his spare time, Rya enjoys reading, video games and sci-fi movies.
Away from work he enjoys spending time in nature, from hiking up the mountains to kayaking down waterfalls. He also loves discovering new cultures and learning about living sustainably.
Outside of work, James enjoys baking, rowing on the Thames in Oxford (albeit slowly these days), and spending time with his cat.
Boris completed his PhD in the Ketterle group at MIT in 2019. He worked on experiments with Bose-Einstein condensate in optical lattices and studied physics of periodically driven atoms. After earning his PhD Boris decided to warm his experiments up from nano-Kelvin to milli-Kelvin temperatures and switch from cold atoms to “artificial” atoms - superconducting qubits. He moved to the UK and worked as postdoctoral researcher in the Leek lab at the University of Oxford, developing novel coaxial qubits and their applications to quantum computing.
Outside of the world of qubits Boris enjoys reading and cycling in the countryside, exploring the local history of Oxfordshire.
Anirban worked as a part of organizations in different locations the US namely North Carolina and Colorado where he was been involved in the design of Antenna Arrays for base stations and components for radiometer receivers such as orthomode transducers, axial antennas, filters and multiplexers. A strong desire to further grow his RF knowledge and a keen interest to apply it in the field of Quantum Computing is what inspired him to want to be a part of OQC.
As for his hobbies, Anirban loves watching football and is a die hard fan of Arsenal Football Club, who he's supported for 19 years. He also loves trying out food from different cultures and travelling, especially going on random road trips. He is also an avid gamer.
Apart from scientific research, she hasa strong appetite for reading, and outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and running. Apoorva travels often, and writes about her experiences in a little blog.
films. He also has a MSc from the University of Alberta on sputtered indium nitride thin films.
Ken has worked in industry and academia developing MEMS and Microfludic devices. In the late 1990’s he was the founding director of the University of Alberta nanoFab, the first open access micro and nanofabrication facility in Canada.
In his spare time he plans on visiting lesser known interesting places in Europe and in the winter, the normal tourist spots North Americans go to.
In his spare time Will enjoys listening and making music.
Ines received her PhD in 2018 from the University of Graz, Austria for conducting research in the field of Astrophysics, focusing on data analysis and the observation and characterisation of extrasolar planets.
Outside the office, Ines enjoys travelling, watching ice hockey and trying out new restaurants.
Boris graduated from the University of Bucharest in Romania, received his PhD in theoretical physics from JINR, Dubna in Russia, and his German Habilitation in experimental physics at Tuebingen University in Germany. From 1996 until 1998 he was a Humboldt Fellow at the Forschungszentrum Juelich in Germany working in the SQUID group.
Prior to joining OQC, Boris worked as a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, before that, as an Assistant Professor at Tuebingen University, and a postdoctoral researcher at Augsburg University. Between 2015 and 2020, Boris was an Executive Board Member of the Superconductor Science and Technology, IoP journal.
In his spare time, Boris enjoys playing tennis and skiing.
She joined OQC to explore the vast new possibilities that combining classical coding with quantum computing affords to the world, and to really get stuck into her interests.
She has a passion for the physics of superconducting qubits and the unique coding challenges they create.
When she’s not coding for OQC you may still find Amber coding her own projects, making and playing video games. If she’s not in front of a computer screen you may find her fencing or lost in a good book. On the rare occasion you find her outside she’ll be hiking through the woods with her film camera or taking long exposure pictures of the stars of Europe and watching movies.
and find the best quantum algorithms for the best quantum computer (OQC’s computer, of course).
After finishing his M.Sc. in Physics, where he worked with quantum state discrimination, he wanted to explore new frontiers and started a Ph.D. in Com-
puter Science at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. During his Ph.D., he mainly worked with Continuous-time Quantum Walks and was interested in the
information transport properties of weighted graphs. In the middle of his Ph.D., he saw the quantum computing industry rising and devoted part of his time to
understanding what is so special about it. Now, he is ready to make an impact at OQC!
Outside of work, you can always find him at the gym, traveling, or trying a new cuisine. As a retired amateur player of Dota2, he also enjoys watching competitive Dota2 and CS:GO.
In his spare time, Kristian will be looking after his pet dog and parrots and learning new languages!
Prior to joining Europe’s leading quantum computing company, Gerald was a Director at the UK Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office responsible for leading and scaling an innovative government-to-government communications, digital and data business across more than 50 countries in EMEA, APAC and the Americas.
Gerald has spent more than 15 years delivering strategy and technology solutions for clients across a range of industries, including life sciences, financial services, logistics, energy and defence at leading consulting firms including Accenture and PwC.
Gerald is excited to build on his extensive experience to bring OQC’s Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) platform to market supporting the extraordinary mission to put quantum computing in the hands of humanity to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
Gerald holds two master’s degrees in economics and public policy and business and management including from the London School of Economics.
When not coding Jake enjoys a number of hobbies such as strength sports, climbing, football, cycling and hiking. He likes to believe he has better vision than Kevin de Bruyne on a 5-a-side pitch and spends far more time researching and buying bike components than actually riding his bike.
In her spare time, Anna spends a few hours a week strength training at the gym to keeping her strong both mentally and physically, enjoys long walks in the countryside and loves a visit to the North Norfolk coast for windy beach walks and cosy nights in.
Outside of work, he enjoys travelling to new places around the world, experiencing different cultures and gaining new perspectives. You may also find him keeping active on the squash court, cycling or attempting to learn the piano.
James joins OQC having worked as part of the software services and consultancy field for 16 years. Previously as a Technology Lead at Infosys, he has built enterprise applications for major telecom companies and led development teams in the US and UK. Most recently, James has worked with the National Quantum Computing Centre developing controls systems for Quantum Computer labs. James has passion for optimization & automation enabling developers to efficiently build high quality softwares, he also has keen interest to lead by example and mentor team members.
When not working, James enjoys Latin music, strong coffee and hiking around Reading river trails.
Prior to working in IT, Sandy worked for a UK Meteorological provider, which is why he is always looking at the sky!
In his spare time, Sandy is a keen SCUBA diver. He enjoys tinkering with technology and finding applications for his single board computers. He takes long walks in the country at weekends, preferably stopping at a nice country pub for refreshments.
She joins OQC as an industry recognised Talent Manager and Specialist Recruiter with extensive global recruitment experience in the technology and engineering sectors. Her expertise lies in building high performing teams, creating robust recruitment and onboarding processes that ensure employee retention and the positive development of individuals to achieve their career goals.
Cathy is also a fully qualified senior yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Meditation training, conflict resolution, positive communication and self-care are key topics for her. When not engaging with the world of work, she spends lots of time on her yoga mat, hiking and backpacking in interesting and remote locations, and playing with her growing brood of grandchildren.
Prior to joining OQC George was part of the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), working across the Quantum Information Processing group and the Quantum Material and Sensors group. In this role George worked on multiple research projects collaborating with various universities and national measurement institutes. George’s work at NPL centred around the design, fabrication and measurement of superconducting devices, such as travelling wave parametric amplifiers for quantum limited microwave signal detection and nanoscale Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (nanoSQUIDs) for single particle metrology and sensing.
George received his PhD in physics from Royal Holloway University of London, in collaboration with the National Physical laboratory in 2019 for work on nonlinear superconducting circuits for quantum technologies and weak signal detection.
In his spare time George enjoys cooking (another kind of science), kayaking and long scenic walks
Before joining OQC, Alex completed his Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham. He enjoyed studying large cosmological phenomena like inflation down the quantum realm of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. He then decided to explore the world of IT by working in Cloud Operations and OpenShift engineering for the UK public and private sectors. Alex was part of teams that monitored and ensured a large multi-cloud infrastructure remained operational as well as deployment and maintenance of OpenShift clusters. After missing the world of physics since University, Alex is looking to combine his two biggest passions together by ensuring Quantum computing services remain operational and secure in the cloud.
In his spare time, you may find Alex being a DIY enthusiast and renovating at home. If time permits, you may find him watching Rugby and F1 at the weekend or enjoying a relaxing video game.
Michelle’s free time is enjoyed with her family and three dogs. Most weekends are spent walking in the local countryside or on the beaches of North Devon. Michelle also enjoys holidays abroad, preferably somewhere warm and sunny where she can relax on a sun-lounger whilst reading a good crime novel.
This is an unexpected and incommensurate loss. We miss him, his kindness, his wit and his work ethics deeply, and he will be forever remembered.
Phil had joined OQC in July 2018, when it was only three of us. Phil was more than just OQC’s VP Software; he was an incredible team leader, mentor and friend. He was immensely proud of his team and work at OQC, and we will endeavour to make Phil proud in everything we do.
To celebrate his achievements and honour his memory we are supporting Phil’s chosen charities: the Brompton Fountain and Julia’s House, dedicated to the well being of children and their families.
Peter’s move to Oxford in 2012 was a boost to the UK quantum circuits scene, and he has grown his group to be globally recognised. He now heads the UK’s Superconducting Quantum Computing development at the Leek Lab. There he developed OQC’s core IP - the Coaxmon - a quantum bit (qubit) developed from first principles with commercial scalability in mind and liberated from the constraints of 2D technology.
Peter has won over £3M in research council funding for his group and is the lead academic in the UK’s national quantum computing research hub. He continues to play a prominent role in the national programme as it transitions to its next phase.
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