Enabling Scientific Discovery in Quantum Information Science at the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS) Center

Anna GrassellinoThe Lehigh ISE Department and Quantum Computing Optimization Lab are pleased to announce that Anna Grassellino, Senior Scientist, Fermilab; Director of the National Quantum Information Science SQMS Center, will give the Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture "Enabling Scientific Discovery in Quantum Information Science at the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS) Center", on Monday, July 31, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. in STEPS #101, 1 W. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem PA 18015.

Dr. Grassellino is a keynote speaker of the 2023 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School on Quantum Computing and Optimization which will be held in ISE's Mohler Lab, Lehigh University, July 31 to August 11, 2023.



In this talk I will describe the mission, goals and the partnership strengths of the DOE National Quantum Information Science Research Center SQMS. SQMS brings the power of national laboratories, together with industry, academia and other federal entities, to achieve transformational advances in the major cross-cutting challenge of understanding and eliminating the decoherence mechanisms in superconducting 2D and 3D devices, with the final goal of enabling construction and deployment of superior quantum systems for computing and sensing. SQMS combines the strengths of an array of experts and world-class facilities towards these common goals. Materials science experts work in understanding and mitigating the key limiting mechanisms of coherence in the quantum regime. Coherence time is the limit on how long a qubit can retain its quantum state before that state is ruined by noise. It is critical to advancing quantum computing, sensing and communication. SQMS is leading the way in extending coherence time of superconducting quantum systems thanks to world-class materials science and through the world leading expertise in superconducting RF cavities which are integrated with industry-designed and - fabricated computer chips. Leveraging new understanding from the materials development, quantum device and quantum computing researchers will pursue device integration and quantum controls development for 2-D and 3-D superconducting architectures. One of the ambitious goals of SQMS is to build and deploy a beyond-state-of-the-art quantum computer based on superconducting technologies. Its unique high connectivity will provide unprecedented opportunity to explore novel quantum algorithms. SQMS researchers will ultimately build quantum computer prototypes based on 2-D and 3-D architectures, enabling new quantum simulation for science applications. We also employ quantum sensors for several experiments searching for dark matter, gravitational waves and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics.



Anna Grassellino is the Director of the National Quantum Information Science SQMS Center, a Fermilab Senior Scientist and the head of the Fermilab SQMS division. Her research focuses on radio frequency superconductivity, in particular on understanding and improving SRF cavities performance to enable new applications, spanning from particle accelerators to detectors to quantum information science.

Grassellino is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of numerous awards for her pioneering contributions to SRF technology, including the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award, the 2017 Frank Sacherer Prize of the European Physical Society, the 2016 IEEE PAST Award, the 2016 USPAS prize, a DOE Early Career Award and the New Horizons in Physics Prize by the Breakthrough Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy.


Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series: This lecture series is endowed in the name of the late Spencer C. Schantz, who graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following progressive responsibilities with several electrical manufacturing companies, in 1969 he founded U.S. Controls Corporation and became its first CEO and President. The Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series was established by his wife Jerelyn as a valuable educational experience for faculty, students, and friends of Lehigh’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department.