2021 Chicago Quantum Summit Agenda

The fourth annual Chicago Quantum Summit was a daylong program of presentations and discussions focusing on growing quantum ecosystems, commercializing research, and considering complex issues such as workforce development and inclusion — on both local and global scales.

The Summit was a hybrid event. 

2021 Summit Agenda

Time (CDT)

Event 

Speakers 

8:45–9:30 AM 

Registration & Breakfast 

  

9:30–9:50 AM 

Program Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Paul Alivisatos, President of the University of Chicago

Recorded remarks from J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois

David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago; Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange  

9:50–10:20 AM 

Keynote 

Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 

10:20–10:50 AM 

Keynote 

Jesse Robbers, Executive Board Member and Director, Industry and Digital Infrastructure of Quantum Delta NL

10:50–11:05 AM 

Break 

  

11:05 AM–11:35 AM 

Keynote 

Paul Dabbar, CEO and Co-Founder, Bohr Quantum Technology, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, and former Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

11:35 AM –1:00 PM 

Lunch 

 

1:00–1:30 PM 

Keynote

Vanessa Z. Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, Department of Energy 

1:30–2:30 PM 

Education & Workforce Panel 

Diana Franklin, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago; Karen Jo Matsler, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Texas Arlington; Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Professor of Physics, The Ohio State University; Thomas Searles, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago; M. Ofelia Aguirre Paden, Director of the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the University of California Santa Barbara; Moderator: Linda Sapochak, Division Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation

 

2:30–2:45 PM 

Break 

 

2:45– 3:45 PM 

Industry Panel 

Mirella Koleva, CEO & Co-founder, Quantopticon; Keith Evans, CEO and Co-founder, Great Lakes Crystal Technologies; Michael Flatté, Founder, QuantCAD; Pranav Gokhale, CEO and Co-founder, Super.tech; Kanav Setia, Co-founder and CEO, qBraid; Carol Scarlett, Founder, Axion Technologies, LLC; Moderator: Liz Ruetsch, GM, Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight Technologies, Inc. 

3:45 – 4:15 PM 

Keynote 

Doug Finke, Publisher and Managing Editor of the Quantum Computing Report

4:15–4:45 PM 

Keynote 

Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist of Australia 

4:45 – 6:00 PM 

Reception 

CQE Member Poster Session

*Virtual Speakers are Italicized

Summit Speakers

J. B. Pritzker

Governor of Illinois

Paul Alivisatos

President of the University of Chicago

David Awschalom

Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago; Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange

Supratik Guha

Senior advisor, Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate, Argonne’s microelectronics and quantum information science strategic efforts; Professor, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering– University of Chicago

Supratik will be a moderator. 

Charles Tahan

Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Jesse Robbers

Executive Board Member and Director, Industry and Digital Infrastructure of Quantum Delta NL

Paul Dabbar

CEO and Co-Founder, Bohr Quantum Technology, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, and former Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Anna Grasselino

Senior Scientist and Deputy Head of the Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology Division, Fermilab

Anna will be a moderator. 

Vanessa Z. Chan

Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, Department of Energy 

Diana Franklin

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago

Karen Jo Matsler

Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Texas Arlington

Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin

Professor of Physics, The Ohio State University

Linda Sapochak

Division Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation

Thomas Searles

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago

Ofelia Aguirre Paden

Director of the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the University of California Santa Barbara

Mirella Koleva

CEO & Co-founder, Quantopticon

Keith Evans

CEO and Co-founder, Great Lakes Crystal Technologies

Michael Flatté

Founder, QuantCAD

Pranav Gokhale

CEO and Co-founder, Super.tech

Kanav Setia

Co-founder and CEO, qBraid

Carol Scarlett

Founder, Axion Technologies, LLC

Paul Kwiat

Bardeen Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paul will be a moderator. 

Liz Ruetsch

GM, Quantum Engineering Solutions, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Doug Finke

Publisher and Managing Editor of the Quantum Computing Report

Cathy Foley

Chief Scientist of Australia