Silicon Quantum Computing

Team Members

Team Members
Team Members

State-of-the-art facilities and specialist equipment are an integral part of our success – but that’s just half the story. Our achievements will be delivered by the brilliance, insight and hard work of our devoted team – hand-picked from across the globe to help change our world.

Team

Michelle Simmons

  • Founder & CEO

Scientia Professor Simmons has pioneered a powerful technology for creating electronic devices in silicon with atomic precision. Her team has developed the world’s first single-atom transistor, the world’s narrowest conducting wires and have demonstrated the ability to encode information on single atoms with record fidelity, spin relaxation and coherence times.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the UK Institute of Physics, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the Australian Academy of Science.

Recognition
2023
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
2022
  • Erna Hamburger Prize - Switzerland
2021
  • Bakerian Medal, Royal Society of London 
2019
  • Officer of the Order of Australia
2018
  • Australian of the Year
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Ian R. Hill

  • President & CIO

Ian spent most of his career in and around high-tech and Silicon Valley. He had senior roles at McKinsey and Microsoft before moving to Australia to work at SQC. Ian brings 20+ years of experience in operational excellence, strategy, and computer science.

Rajib Rahman

  • Associate Professor of Physics at UNSW Sydney

Associate Professor Rajib Rahman is an expert in the atomistic simulation of silicon quantum bits. He has developed modeling techniques and computational software to understand silicon qubits and their interaction with the nanoscale environment. His work has propelled the experimental understanding of single-atom electronics in silicon. Dr. Rahman joined UNSW Physics in 2019 from Purdue University, USA.

Joris Keizer

  • Team Lead: Precise Atomic Manufacturing

Joris is widely respected as an expert in atomic scale quantum device fabrication. In addition to his work with SQC, he is currently developing 3D fabrication techniques for error correction in the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

Olivia Haigh

  • VP of HR

Olivia has built a wide and varied career encompassing operations management, brand, advertising, and communications. Managing HR processes with agility and efficiency, Olivia is the connective force between the constantly moving parts of our teams.

Benjamin Matthewson

  • General Manager

Benjamin brings big picture thinking together with diligent attention to detail. He has a proven track record in tech start-ups and tech transfer, including supply chain coordination (procurement, recruitment, research), milestone development and tracking, IP management, sales and marketing, strategy development, finance, contract management and stakeholder management.

Komal Pahwa

  • Senior IP Counsel

Komal is a rare breed of IP specialist – a dedicated patent attorney with expertise in physical sciences. As a registered patent attorney and a PHD in Quantum Optics, she brings a wealth of technical and legal expertise to the company. Komal has previously worked as a patent attorney in IP law firms.

Culture

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Our team represents a diverse group of individuals from across the globe. Their collective hard work and vital contribution has allowed us to achieve every milestone and breakthrough.
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