Summer Workshop Series 2021

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, NSF QLCI Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks, and Q-NEXT community members and partners are invited to join a virtual Summer Workshop Series on different perspectives in quantum technology commercialization and career pathways. 

Events are held at 12 – 1 PM CST with optional networking afterward. Additional information is coming soon. 


July 8, 2021: Introduction to Technology Commercialization 

Universities and national labs are all involved in research to advance the frontiers of science and technology. Our July 8th event focuses on providing an understanding of how quantum scientists and engineers, particularly those who are starting their careers in science, can have broader impact with their research and build towards a future career while performing research as a trainee.  

Speakers include: 

  • Eric Ginsburg (UChicago)
  • Arjan Quist & Lisa Dhar (Northwestern)
  • Svetlana Sowers (UIUC)
  • Phil Smith (Argonne)
  • Aaron Sauers (Fermilab)
  • Stephanie Whitehorse and Emily Bauer (UW-Madison) 


July 22, 2021: Perspectives on Quantum Technology Commercialization 

Our July 22nd event focuses on perspectives on the commercialization of quantum technologies. The event will feature speakers from a diverse set of leading quantum technology companies, including small and large businesses; companies founded on university or licensed IP; and established companies that have built a leadership position in quantum information science and technology, including through partnerships for developing technologies originating from research labs. At the event, participants will have a chance to hear about their experiences building quantum information science businesses, how academic research can contribute to technology products, and how to leverage research experience to develop skills and assets. 

Speakers include: 

  • Ben Bloom (Atom Computing)
  • Sadik Hafizovic (Zurich Instruments)
  • Chris Haimberger (Toptica)
  • Liz Ruetsch (Keysight)
  • Zongfu Yu (FlexCompute)


August 19, 2021: Career Pathways for Quantum Scientists 

Individuals with a background in quantum information science and aligned areas enjoy a wide range of career pathways. This day will provide participants with a view into careers at institutions such as national labs and non-graduate degree granting colleges and in fields such as policy and finance. A one-hour panel discussion will be followed by a 30-minute mixer in 

Tentative panel members include: