The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members to its International Scientific Advisory Board.

Joining the Blusson QMI Board are Dr. Stephen Bartlett, Professor of Physics at the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems at the University of Sydney; and Dr. Krysta Svore, General Manager of the Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group at Microsoft Research.

Prof. Bartlett is a theoretical quantum physicist who leads a team pursuing both fundamental and applied research in quantum information theory, including the theory of quantum computing. He is a Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), where he leads a research program on Designer Quantum Materials. He is also the inaugural Lead Editor of the APS journal PRX Quantum.

Prof. Barlett completed his Ph.D. in mathematical physics at the University of Toronto in 2000. Moving to Australia, he directed his research to the theory of quantum computing. Since 2005, he has led a research program in theoretical quantum physics at the University of Sydney, with interests spanning quantum computing, quantum measurement and control, quantum many-body systems, and the foundations of quantum theory. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

As General Manager of the QuArC group at Microsoft Research, Dr. Krysta Svore leads a team working on designing scalable, fault-tolerant software architecture for translating a high-level quantum program into a low-level, device-specific quantum implementation. Her research focuses on quantum algorithms and how to implement them, ranging from how to code them in a high-level programming language, to how to optimize the resources they require, to how to implement them in hardware. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science with Highest Distinction in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2006.

Dr. Svore serves as a representative for the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and is a member of the American Physical Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. Her work has received recognitions such as a Kavli Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences and an AAAS Fellowship. She was also named to the “39 Most Powerful Female Engineers 2018” list by Business Insider.

Blusson QMI is grateful for the outstanding contributions made to the Institute by past member Dr. George Crabtree. Dr. Crabtree, director of the UIC Energy Initiative and distinguished professor of physics and electrical and mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago, passed away unexpectedly on Jan 23.  He was 78.