Stephanie Simmons Chief Quantum Officer Photonic

"To be here, today, delivering on the promise of an entire branch of physics, is a once-in-a-generation privilege. Every time in the past when people have done this, we have shifted the full spectrum of human experience."

Dr. Stephanie Simmons

Chief Quantum Officer

Stephanie Simmons is the Founder and Chief Quantum Officer at Photonic, driving the technical vision for next-generation quantum technologies based on silicon photonic spin qubits. She is a world-leading expert in quantum technologies, silicon spin-photon interfaces, condensed matter spin dynamics and control, silicon integrated photonics, and quantum optics.

Stephanie is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Silicon Quantum Technologies, as well as a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Fellow in Quantum Information Science, and Associate Professor at the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University (SFU). At SFU, she leads the Silicon Quantum Technology research group.

Her work on developing CMOS-compatible, scalable, quantum technologies was awarded a Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of the Year of 2013, and again in 2015.  She earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science at Oxford University in 2011 as a Clarendon Scholar and a B.Math, Double Degree (Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Physics) from the University of Waterloo. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of New South Wales in Australia and completed her Junior Research Fellowship and Glasstone Research Fellowship at St. John’s College in Oxford University. She joined SFU as a Canada Research Chair in Quantum Nanoelectronics in the fall of 2015.

Stephanie is an international speaker with over 30 publications, 60 keynote and panel talks, and numerous patents. She has been a reviewer for Nature, Science, Physical Review, NSERC, CRC, and more. Her work has been covered by the CBC, BBC, Wired Magazine, Scientific American, the New Scientist, and the New York Times. She has been recognized as Top 40 under 40 in Canada.

At a Glance

  • World-leading expert in quantum technologies, particularly silicon-based innovation
  • One of a handful of individuals globally awarded with Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of the Year twice
  • Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Nanoelectronics

Fun Facts

  • Asked her parents for (and received) Nielsen and Chuang's "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information" textbook for Christmas at the age of 16
  • Has 2 little people under 4 at home, meaning that her evenings and weekends are also filled with entanglement
  • Big fan of backcountry camping and canoeing

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