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SPIE Photonics West 2019

February 6, 2019
San Francisco

The QED-C Consortium and Enabling Photonics Technologies for the Emerging Quantum Industry

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) is a public/private partnership supported by NIST to inform the US Government's National Quantum Initiative with respect to private sector needs, and to facilitate a robust commercial quantum ecosystem, including the supply chain, across the computing, network/communications, and sensing domains. The QED-C’s mandate is to coordinate industry, academia, and the US Government in enabling the future quantum economy. Specific issues that the QED-C will address include: future workforce needs in the quantum economy, unique infrastructure requirements, enabling technology developments, performance standards, and stimulating new quantum applications and use cases. The session will include an overview of the QED-C, followed by a panel discussion on photonic technologies that are enabling to the emerging quantum industry. Examples of important gaps in certain enabling photonics technologies will be presented and discussed by the panelists. 

Joseph S. Broz, VP Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (United States) 

Dr. Joseph Broz leads SRI’s Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) in Applied Science, government business development, technical and business strategy. He brings 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to this role. Before joining SRI in 2013, Broz served as the Laboratory Director for Tenneco—a Fortune 100 company, and as Vice President of Laboratories and Business Development for TIMET, the world's largest titanium company, and as founder of Defense Capital Advisors. Broz is an Associate Editor of the journal Science Advances, has published numerous technical papers and has been awarded several U.S. patents. Broz hold a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zurich. 

Chad Hoyt, Research Scientist, Honeywell (United States) 

Chad Hoyt is a research scientist in the Advanced Sensing Technology group at Honeywell in Plymouth, MN. After his Ph.D. work in solid-state laser cooling at the University of New Mexico, Hoyt helped build a neutral-atom optical clock as a post-doctoral researcher at NIST, Boulder. Currently, he helps develop new atomic timing and navigation technologies at Honeywell such as microwave and optical clocks. 

Mohammad Soltani, Technical Lead, Raytheon BBN Technologies (United States) 

Dr. Mohammad Soltani is a technical lead in integrated nanophotonics research at Raytheon BBN Technologies with more than 20 years of experience in theory, experiment, and fabrication of integrated photonic devices and nanoscale light-matter interaction for a broad range of classical and quantum applications in sensing, signal processing, communications, and metrology. He has conducted research on different areas of integrated photonics including physics and applications of ultra-high Q resonators, III-Nitride photonics, silicon photonics, nonlinear optics, cryogenic photonics, quantum photonic measurement, computational electrodynamics, and nanofabrication. He obtained his PhD from Georgia Tech in Optics & Photonics followed by postdoctral training in Laboratory Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University. 

John E. Spencer, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Photodigm, Inc. (United States) 

Dr. John E. Spencer is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Photodigm, Inc., a supplier of precision single frequency laser diodes, enabling products for spectroscopy, low noise optical pumping, LIDAR, atom optics, and quantum information sources. Previously, he founded PlasmaQuest, Inc., a supplier of plasma processing equipment to the semiconductor, data storage, and optoelectronics industry, and served as its president until its acquisition by Applied Science and Technology (subsequently acquired by MKS Instruments). Spencer also was Director of Technology at Machine Technology, Inc., Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments, and Research Chemist at General Electric. He is the author of more than 50 papers and patents and holds a B.S. from Millsaps College, and a Ph.D. from Rice University. 

Mark A. Tolbert, CEO, Toptica (United States) 

Mark A. Tolbert is the President and CEO of TOPTICA Photonics. Tolbert joined the TOPTICA group in 2006. He has a strong ability to create and grow high-tech companies and strives to build organizations which can self-perpetuate and create an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment for those who take the challenge with him. Tolbert started his career in plastic optics as Director of Sales and Marketing with GS Optics. His management interests and skills brought him then to a leading position first within Burleigh and then EXFO, where he held the position of Director of Business Development, with particular emphasis on the new product development and international business. At EXFO Burleigh Instruments Tolbert developed various OEM and R&D markets for the automation, nanotechnology and biophotonics markets. With a strong engineering and management background from the University of Rochester & RIT, Mark has a degree in Physics and received his MBA from the Simon School of Business. 

Siavash Yazdanfar, Director of Applied Optical Physics Research, Corning (United States) 

Dr. Siavash Yazdanfar is the Director of Applied Optical Physics Research at Corning Research & Development Corporation. His organization leads research in optical physics and light-matter interactions, including advanced laser processing of materials and micro- and nano-photonics for light management. He previously managed optics research at GE Global Research, covering applications in healthcare, aviation, lighting, and machine vision. He holds a PhD from Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.