Quantum West: Fireside Chat
1 February 2023 • 5:25 PM - 5:45 PM PST | Moscone Center, Quantum Stage, Hall A Lobby (Exhibit Level South)
Join us for this fireside chat wind-down of Quantum West 2023!
Jay Lowell is the Chief Engineer and Quantum Portfolio Manager for Boeing’s Disruptive Computing & Networks organization which is leveraging core technologies in quantum communications, computing and sensing, high-performance computing, virtualization of embedded computing hardware and software, and advanced networking to develop computing and communications solutions for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications. An internationally recognized expert in systems engineering of quantum, electromagnetic or electro-optic systems, he also is a Principal Senior Technical Fellow who works across Boeing’s businesses to develop the research-and-development investment strategy for transitioning quantum technology into Boeing products and services. His technical background includes work in remote sensing, precision measurements of time and frequency, inertial measurements, laser/matter interactions, photonics, optical signal processing, medical diagnostic development and software development. Lowell is a distinguished graduate with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in physics from The Ohio State University. He also has a Doctor of Science degree in atomic physics from the University of Virginia.
Celia Merzbacher is the Executive Director of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a global consortium of nearly 250 stakeholders from industry, academia and government that aims to grow the quantum industry and associated supply chain. Dr. Merzbacher has two decades of experience leading technology initiatives and partnerships. Previously, she was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation and in 2003-2008, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she led the National Nanotechnology Initiative. At OSTP, she also served as Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Merzbacher began her career as a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She is a Fellow of the AAAS and serves on the Innovation Policy Forum of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), as well as advisory boards of several quantum technology centers and incubators.