Our Team

Two of the most important activities undertaken at 1QBit are hiring the best people and providing an environment that promotes creativity.

Our team of experts spans a unique mix of specialized fields, including graph theory, condensed matter physics, high-energy physics, computational chemistry, discrete optimization, continuous optimization, operations research, and computer engineering. These innovative scientists self-organize into dynamic, multidisciplinary teams to tackle challenges in machine learning and complex optimization.

We are expanding our data science, research, and software development teams and are continually welcoming leading experts on board. We have created multiple ways to engage new talent based on the flexible nature of today’s career paths.

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Clemens Adolphs
Applied Researcher
Clemens holds a PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia, and Master of Science degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University of Technology. His interests at RWTH Aachen University included dynamic load balancing, spectral graph theory, scientific computing, and variational techniques. At 1QBit, he is interested in improving the performance of quantum computation through a better understanding of embedding and pre- and post-processing, and in applying those fundamental advances to real-world problems. In good weather, you can find Clemens skiing BC’s backcountry or scaling the rock faces of Squamish. Otherwise, he likes to stay inside with his piano, guitar, or a good book.
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Gili Rosenberg
Applied Researcher

Gili has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of British Columbia, where he studied newly discovered phases of matter, such as topological insulators. He is interested in how challenging problems can be solved with disruptive technology, as well as in how machine learning and data science can be applied to real-life problems.

Gili aims to live a passionate and adventurous life, and is an active hiker, alpine scrambler, rock climber, cycle tourer, and backcountry skier. In addition, he is a foodie who loves to bake and cook most things, and is obsessed with fruit.

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Fred Park
Software Developement Intern
Fred is currently enrolled in a combined computer science and statistics program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining 1QBit, Fred developed virtual reality games; he enjoys exploring the frontiers of technology. In his free time, Fred likes to be active and takes pleasure in the great outdoors, spending hours watching movies, and drawing. 
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Shirley Andriesh
People Operations Leader
Shirley is a passionate People and Operations professional who takes pride in the fact that she is not a traditional HR practitioner. She has held a diverse set of roles within human resources, working in the high-tech industry, the public sector, wholesale, and health care. During her time at DHX Media (formerly Nerd Corps Entertainment), Shirley established a flexible, efficient, and strategic HR and recruiting infrastructure which accounted for industry economics, organizational health, and immigration law policies and procedures. Using this infrastructure, she was able to implement best practices and foster a work environment that attracted and retained top-notch talent. This groundwork played an integral role when she helped the studio scale from 100 employees to 400+ employees within a period of ten months. In her current role as People Operations Leader at 1QBit, Shirley champions our team’s specific needs, continual process improvements, and organizational development and helps brilliant minds find the perfect role for their unique skill sets within our organization. When she is not interpreting our latest analytics, you can find Shirley out and about exploring Vancity with her family.
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SungYeon Kim
Software Developer
SungYeon graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He interned at Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Facebook and then worked full-time at Facebook as a data engineer. Before joining 1QBit, SungYeon ran his first business, selling Android-based POS systems to small restaurants in Toronto. When he’s not working, SungYeon loves listening to music, playing games with friends, snowboarding, swimming, and going on road trips. He used to play drums in a small band in high school.
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Ian Seale
Software Developer
Ian is a software engineer with a long and diverse career, from CAD to enterprise resource planning to video games, to tool development to refactoring to integration. When Ian isn’t taking on new design challenges, he enjoys tabletop games, discussing the theoretical, and creative writing.
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Kausar N. Samli
Chief Operating Officer
Kausar is the COO of 1QBit. He works closely with 1QBit’s leadership team in developing and executing the organization’s operating initiatives and implementing data driven improvements in the areas of strategy, technology commercialization, and organizational development.  Kausar is a founder of Lectenz Bio, a Horizon 2020 Expert for the European Commission, and a faculty member at Singularity University.  He brings a unique blend of industry experience and scientific expertise in cell-specific targeting, high-throughput screening, molecular evolution, protein engineering, and computational chemistry. He is a co-inventor on pending patents, the recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship, has published biotech research, and presented at international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Georgia, a M.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. In his spare time Kausar enjoys learning to see the world through the eyes of his daughter as she explores new sights, sounds and spaces.
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Ehsan Zahedinejad
Applied Researcher
Ehsan holds a PhD in physics, with a focus on quantum information processing, in which he developed his expertise. His PhD thesis was on devising machine learning algorithms for the design of quantum logic gates. After completion of his doctorate degree, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary.
At 1QBit, Ehsan works on various projects involving quantum algorithms and machine learning.
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Maritza Hernandez
Applied Researcher

Maritza obtained her PhD in Quantum Optics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before joining 1QBit, Maritza held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia where she performed research on the dynamics of central spin systems and their quantum correlations.

She also studied the influence of quantum effects in biological systems, such as the avian compass. Her current research interests include quantum information, bioinformatics, machine learning, and data mining. Maritza also enjoys photography and hiking.

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Daniel Crawford
Fundamental Researcher
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has half a decade of combined experience developing hardware and applications for adiabatic quantum computers. His current work at 1QBit includes the design of algorithms to approximate optimal decision policies for problems in stochastic control, as well as tackling other problems in machine learning. Dan was born too late to explore Earth, too early to explore space, but just in time to explore the potential of machine intelligence.
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Pooya Ronagh
Advisor
Pooya is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, where he previously completed his masters degree after studying at the University of Pennsylvania and Sharif University of Technology. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and mathematics. He is trained as an algebraic geometer and a theoretical computer scientist.
As an Advisor to 1QBit, Pooya works with our teams on non-linear optimization theory, and is currently investigating continuous optimization algorithms inspired by intelligent search techniques, such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms. For three hours daily on most days, "Double-O" directs a bachata dance performance school of three teams.
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Ehsan Iranmanesh
Researcher
Ehsan received his PhD in computer science at Simon Fraser University. His main research interests are in algorithms and combinatorial optimization. At 1QBit, Ehsan works on linear-integer programming techniques and develops quantum-inspired algorithms for various optimization problems. He loves sports and books.  
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Jaspreet Oberoi
Machine Learning Lead
Jas has an honours bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Thapar University. For his master's degree in Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University, he developed optimization techniques in diverse communication engineering paradigms. Jas is currently a PhD researcher in the Engineering Science department at Simon Fraser University. Jas's interests at 1QBit include machine learning, big data, graph analytics, and genetic algorithms. He is a passionate organ donation campaigner, and loves his cricket and punjabi dhol beats.
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Robyn Foerster
Advisor
Robyn is a passionate lifelong entrepreneur—she started her first business at the age of 21, and has been developing, building, and leading businesses ever since. Her technical career began as a software programmer in the early days of industrial automation, when she has travelled the world commissioning projects in a range of industries, including power generation, mining, forestry, semiconductor, and manufacturing. Transitioning first to technical project management 20 years ago, and then moving into software development management in the video game industry 12 years ago, Robyn has led multiple teams of 100+ people working on major franchises at top studios, including Electronic Arts and Capcom.
Over her career Robyn has overseen product development, finance, human resources and recruiting, legal, facilities and operations, and IT. She has played a key role in major acquisitions and international corporate development. She is also known for her considerable talents as a mentor, having hired and helped to grow hundreds of employees, many of whom have become leaders and managers within their own industries.
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Arman Zaribafiyan
Applied Research Lead
Arman completed his MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on quantum information processing at the University of British Columbia. He particularly enjoys working on quantum algorithms and coding, and is interested in combinatorial analysis and discrete math in general. Arman plays the santoor, an ancient Persian string instrument, which looks like a hammered dulcimer but sounds very similar to a piano. He composes and arranges music, and conducts the Persian Music Ensemble at the University of British Columbia.
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Landon Downs
President + Co-Founder
Landon is 1QBit’s co-founder and President. He is also a founding partner of Agentis Capital Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm and Minor Capital, a BC venture capital corporation focused on investing in exponential technology companies. Landon’s accomplishments span a diverse range of leadership roles, from funding early stage investments to co-founding startups, negotiating mergers and acquisitions to advising on some of the largest public-private-partnership infrastructure transactions in Canada. Throughout his career he has advised on the deployment of over $6Bn of capital. Prior to 1QBit, Landon worked at the Macquarie Group in the investment banking division. Landon received a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Victoria, is a CFA Charterholder and has attended Singularity University’s Executive Program. In addition to working in the technology and finance fields, Landon is an active angel investor and community volunteer. He has served on the boards of the Victoria CFA Society, Acumen Canada and Vancouver+Acumen.
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Moslem Noori
Applied Researcher
Moslem completed his BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran. He then attended the University of Alberta where he obtained both his MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining 1QBit, Moslem finished two postdoctoral programs at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia and worked as a signal analysis engineer at Cleankeys Inc. He is the recipient of several awards, notably the NSERC Vanier CGS. Moslem's favourite sports are football (soccer), squash, and skiing. He also enjoys hiking, canoeing, and road trips, especially to the beautiful Rockies. Moslem cofounded Ghasedak, a Persian radio/podcast show, and was a regular show host on CJSR, the University of Alberta's campus radio station.
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Austin Roberts
Researcher
Austin completed his PhD in mathematics at the University of Washington with a specialization in algebraic combinatorics. He also spent two years teaching at Highline College before coming to 1QBit. His research interests revolve around finding combinatorial algorithms to solve algebraic questions, often in the realm of representation theory and symmetric polynomials. At 1QBit, Austin has been focusing on pre and post processing of binary polynomials. A recent Seattle transplant, Austin was the chair of the board of Balagan Theatre, and he still tries to see as much live performance as he can. He is also staying warm by learning the sport of curling.
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Anna Levit
Fundamental Researcher
Anna obtained her PhD in Probability and Stochastic Processes from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where she previously completed her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. Before joining 1QBit, Anna held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in the Probability Group at the department of Mathematics and spent a semester as a postdoctoral fellow in the Random Spatial Processes Program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, UC Berkeley. Her research focused on stochastic geometric methods in statistical mechanics. As Fundamental Research Lead at 1QBit, Anna works with our teams on machine learning algorithms that can be applied via adiabatic quantum computing. She also studies quantum-inspired Monte Carlo methods. Anna’s hobbies follow the interests and needs of her two angels, aged eight and two years old, who recently redefined her life.
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Anushervon Saidmuradov
Software Developer
Anushervon was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and moved to Beijing, China at the age of five where he spent ten years before moving to Vancouver, Canada. He is fluent in Russian, Mandarin, English and Tajik, and enjoys finding similarities between those and other languages. In his free time, Anush enjoys playing music with friends, going on road trips, and picking up new hobbies. Anush holds a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and has interned at Capcom and Hootsuite, among other Vancouver companies, prior to joining 1QBit.
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David Byrd
Product Lead
David has spent the last six years building and evaluating software. After learning to build elegant interfaces at Obvious Corporation during the early development of Medium from the founders and early technical leads of Twitter and Gmail, David was inspired to follow his own entrepreneurial path. He left his studies in Computer Science and Linguistics at NYU to start Bowery, a cloud-based software development environment that saved their enterprise customers countless hours. After raising $1.6 million and growing to a team of eight over two years, the Bowery team was acquired by Bloomberg LP. David joined DigitalOcean as one of their first Product Managers running the Insights team, which built infrastructure for collecting and querying petabytes of time series data across hundreds of thousands of customers and millions of virtual machines. As the Product Lead for 1QBit, David currently works with the software, professional services, and research teams to architect the delivery of quantum-inspired products and services through the cloud. When David is not building microservices you'll find him exploring BC's many ski hills and après-ski haunts.
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Behrooz Sepehry
Fundamental Researcher
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Michael P. Friedlander
Scientific Advisor
Michael P. Friedlander is the IBM Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this he spent two years as Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. Michael received his PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University and his BA in Physics from Cornell University. Michael was also a Wilkinson Fellow in Scientific Computing at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, and a long-term visitor at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He currently serves as the Program Director, SIAM Activity Group in Optimization, and as associate editor many of the major journals in continuous optimization. His research focuses primarily in developing numerical methods for constrained optimization, their software implementation, and applications in signal processing, image reconstruction, and machine learning. When he is not optimizing programs, Michael optimizes the time he spends with his young family.
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Stanley Gan
Research Intern
Stanley is currently a master’s student in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on understanding within-host bacterial strain diversity using optimization techniques such as integer linear programming. Prior to his arrival in Canada, Stanley spent four years in Hong Kong and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Hong Kong. During his studies at HKU, he spent some time working on research involving the design and analysis of online algorithms via primal-dual methods. Stanley enjoys playing music and has performed as a pianist/guitarist/drummer on several occasions during his undergraduate studies. Given his diverse background, Stanley enjoys eating Chinese cuisine (dim sum in particular) and Malaysian curry.
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Andrew Fursman
CEO + Co-Founder
Andrew Fursman is a Co-Founder of 1QBit and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Andrew was a Founding Partner of Vancouver-based VCC firm Minor Capital, Co-Founder of Satellogic Nano-Satellites, and Co-Founder of Cloudtel Communications. Andrew studied Economics at the University of Waterloo and Philosophy and Political Science at the University of British Columbia prior to post-graduate programs in Technology Studies at Singularity University and Financial Engineering at Stanford University. On those rare occasions when he is not busy with his 1QBit duties, he indulges his passions for kayaking in the gulf islands and explores practical applications of microbiology at a small home laboratory on Vancouver Island dedicated to experiments with Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
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Andrew Milne
Industry Applications

Andrew started out in plasma physics and ended up creating electronic trading software for the New York Mercantile Exchange. He is currently part of the Industry Applications team at 1QBit.  Along the way, Andrew helped bring digital music to radio broadcasting and the Internet, with CBC, N2K, AT&T, Reciprocal, and Sony. He is licensed as an Engineer in Québec, and holds sixteen patents in three countries.

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Ali Narimani
Applied Researcher
Ali completed his PhD in theoretical (numerical) cosmology at the University of British Columbia. He was a member of the Planck space observatory mission operated by the European Space Agency during his studies, where he gained most of his knowledge about data analysis and Bayesian statistics. At 1QBit, he is currently developing exact and heuristic algorithms for a range of NP-hard problems on graphs.
Ali teaches and plays the santour as a hobby and has a YouTube channel where he posts his performances. He enjoys going to operas, listening to jazz music, and hiking with friends. Travelling and enjoying a tasty dish are among the things that he finds essential for living.
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Helmut G. Katzgraber
Research Lead
Helmut Katzgraber was born in Lima, Peru and is Austrian citizen. After growing up in Lima and completing military duties in the Austrian army, he studied physics at ETH Zurich where he graduated with a Diploma with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Gianni Blatter. He received his PhD in Physics in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. A. Peter Young at the University of California Santa Cruz for numerical studies of spin-glass systems. After a one-year postdoctoral position with Profs. Gergely Zimanyi and Richard Scalettar at the University of California Davis where he worked on numerical studies of magnetic recording media, he returned to ETH Zurich in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Gianni Blatter at the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2007 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship and in 2009 he joined TAMU as a tenure-track assistant professor. In 2011 he received an NSF CAREER award. In 2012 he was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at TAMU and in 2015 promoted to professor. In parallel, since 2014 he is external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico and consults as a Research Lead at 1QBit. His main research fields in computational physics are the investigation of disordered and complex systems, as well as the study of problems related to quantum computing. In his spare time he likes to scuba dive taking photos, run, and eat gelato.
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Bluford (Blu) H. Putnam
Board Member
Blu Putnam is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of the Strategic Intelligence & Analytics team at CME Group, and the operator of futures and options exchanges including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the New York Mercantile Exchange, and COMEX. He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets, analyzing client and competitor activity, and managing a team of data scientists. He also serves as CME Group's spokesperson on global economic conditions and manages external research initiatives.
Blu has over 35 years' experience in the financial industry, ranging from central banking to investment research to portfolio management, and regularly publishes research reports on the global economy and markets. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans. Blu has five books on international finance and portfolio management to his credit as well as many academic articles, including in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.
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Rob McMurtry
Scrum Captain
Rob’s career began in the early '90s as a programmer at a Victoria-based edutainment startup where he would go on road shows holding up a shiny disc while exclaiming, “This is a CD-ROM: its capacity is equivalent to hundreds of floppies!” to an amazed crowd. Later, Rob joined the Walt Disney Company as a producer, managing a wide variety of projects from the concept stage to completion. This product development experience lead to a Franchise
Development Director role on multi-location, cross-discipline teams of 100+ at EA Canada, then a Senior Project Manager role at a startup that was acquired by Capcom, followed by an invigorating Agile management-based practices transformation at Relic Entertainment. Rob is focused on bringing Agile-based processes, tools, and coaching to 1QBit. When he is not in the office, you can find him cycling, sailing, beekeeping, or reading whatever he gets his eyes on.
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Amanda Downs
Director of Communications
Amanda’s expertise in branding, marketing, and corporate innovation has been developed over more than a decade’s experience driving business growth for clients in a range of sectors including technology, energy, retail, tourism, real estate, and automotive. She has a track record of creating highly effective platforms and experiences that are driven by consumer insight, with particular expertise in implementing emerging technology and media tools. Amanda has worked on a diverse range of projects, from the creation of marketing plans for disruptive companies to guiding new product launches, to market expansion, to integrated multinational campaigns. Her clients include both category-creating start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as Nordstrom, Volkswagen, and McDonald’s. Her passion projects include championing community engagement and advocacy programs for impact organizations such as Acumen, Gasland, and Vancouver Opera. A graduate of Singularity University’s Executive Program, Amanda is enamoured with technological progress. She applied this passion to develop DDB Canada's internal innovation practice and start-up brand accelerator program, DDB Ignite. When Amanda is not connecting brilliant minds with 1QBit's expertise in quantum software she can be found running in Stanley Park or cooking up new creations in her kitchen.
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Phil Goddard
Head of Research + Co-Founder
Phil is President and Principal Consultant at Goddard Consulting. Formerly, he worked with The Mathworks as manager of the financial services practice within their North American consulting group and as a Senior Consultant and Application Engineer. Phil is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
When not trying to solve the travelling salesman problem on a quantum computer, Phil can be found investigating all possible paths around his local golf course, captaining the Salt Spring Island Cricket Team, or exploring the backwoods of British Columbia.
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Marko Bucyk
Technical Writer
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Takeshi Yamazaki
Computational Chemist
Takeshi obtained his PhD in Computational Chemistry from the Institute for Molecular Sciences and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan, where he studied electronic structure theory to describe solvent-mediated chemical processes. Before joining 1QBit, he was engaged in the multiscale modelling project targeting self-assembled organic nanotube systems at the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, and in the computer-aided drug discovery project for cancer-related biological targets at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He usually tries to spend most of his weekends playing tennis.
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Marcos López de Prado
Scientific Advisor
Marcos López de Prado is Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and a Research Affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Computational Research Division (U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science). Marcos holds a PhD in Financial Economics (2003), a second PhD in Mathematical Finance (2011) from Complutense
University, is a recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance by the Government of Spain (National Valedictorian, 1998) among other awards, and was admitted into American Mensa with a perfect test score.
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Brad Woods
Researcher
Brad is a PhD candidate in Operations Research at Simon Fraser University, where he completed his masters degree. Before studying in BC, he finished a joint honours degree, BMath in combinatorics and optimization and economics from the University of Waterloo. His interests include algorithm design, optimization theory, motorcycles, and all things outdoor.
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Maliheh Aramon
Applied Researcher

Maliheh completed her PhD in Operations Research at the University of Toronto. Her research focus was on optimization under uncertainty and the probabilistic analysis of systems in the application area of engineering asset management. Immediately following the completion of her doctorate degree, she worked on a resource planning project for a utility industry as part of her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto.

At 1QBit, she works on developing new tools for improving the performance of quantum computing and on hybrid optimization algorithms to combine the strengths of quantum and classical computation in the application area of load balancing.

When not at the office, Maliheh reads books on the contemporary history of Iran. She also loves reading short stories.

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Lester Szeto
Software Developer
Lester graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined 1Qbit as a software developer and, along with the rest of the team, helps to create the software solutions that implement the work of the 1Qbit research team. Lester is unable to do a backflip, and will inevitably fall every time he attempts a handstand.
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Rudi Plesch
Software Developer
Rudi was born in Dracula’s castle and moved to Canada when he was nine. He studied computer engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he levelled up to a master’s degree in 2017. He also dabbled in probability, stochastic processes, and philosophy while there. He enjoys cycling, surfing, weightlifting, and swimming. He's an omnivorous reader and enjoys both Romanian and English literature. The theory that Rudi is just a complex Vim macro has received significant research interest. Experts are in general agreement that this theory cannot be disproven.
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Majid Dadashi
Infrastructure Lead
Majid received his MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he worked on designing integrated hardware-software techniques to improve the reliability of computer systems. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Majid's research is currently focused on combinatorial optimization techniques, namely simulated annealing. At 1QBit, he works on the design and implementation of software development tools that facilitate the programming and use of quantum computers.
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S. Saeed C. Rezaei
Fundamental Researcher
Saeed completed his PhD and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo. Before joining 1QBit, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the field of graph theory in the Math Department at Simon Fraser University. Saeed's main research interests are in graph theory and combinatorial optimization. At 1QBit, he is working on developing quantum-ready algorithms and heuristics for hard combinatorial optimization problems. He loves graphs and tennis.
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Shawn Wowk
Software Developer
Shawn holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics and Computer Science. Prior to his time at 1QBit, he kept busy with software development process improvement consulting, infrastructure and tool development for digital entertainment, and the development of analytic data connectivity solutions for business intelligence applications. When not at the office, Shawn is either engaged in human trial testing of his latest home-brew recipe or pondering the great mystery of why his friends are so awful at Dota 2.
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David Roberts
Chair of the Board
David is an M.I.T. and Harvard alumnus, award-winning CEO, and serial entrepreneur. He is a former Special Agent, decorated military officer, and career officer in the Executive Branch of the US Government. As a high-tech entrepreneur, David has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from groups such as Kleiner Perkins,
Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, and In-Q-Tel. David has previously led the development of highly technical systems including space-based satellites, unmanned air vehicles, and analytical fusion centres.
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Andrew Lee
Analyst
Andrew is a young scientist who recently completed his BSc in Statistics and Economics at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining 1QBit, he worked with a variety of organizations in different sectors, including Agentis Capital, Statistics Canada, and the Shimizu Group at the University of Calgary. Andrew is also an avid musician and has, over his career, played the trumpet and the French horn in an orchestra, the guitar and the trumpet in a jazz ensemble, the guitar in a pit orchestra, and has sung vocals and played the guitar in a band.
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Jayne Drew
Communications Specialist
Jayne brings over a decade of experience in a wide variety of marketing and public relations roles to her position on the 1QBit communications team. She has enjoyed working in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, eagerly honing her skills in writing, graphic design, and event management for organizations dedicated to creating positive change. With a degree in sociology from the University of British Columbia, Jayne has retained her passion for equity and healthy communities throughout her career. Jayne’s enthusiasm for learning leads her to take on exciting new challenges at work, and also means that she often spends her time outside of the office listening to podcasts, reading books, or watching videos on random topics that she never realized could be so enthralling. She also enjoys trying new outdoor activities, recipes, and crafts, even when the end result looks nothing like the picture.
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Amee Mortimer
Operations Administrator
Originally from Scotland, Amee has several years’ experience studying and working as a human resources generalist, predominantly in the oil and gas industry. She has a degree in clothing design from Herriot-Watt University and a master’s degree in human resources from the Robert Gordon University. She brings both UK and international work experience in the retail space, hospitality services, and customer relations. Amee seeks to broaden her human resources and organizational knowledge and experience here in Canada, and is fascinated by both human and organizational psychology and behaviour. When Amee is not working, she like to travel, snowboard, and explore the outdoors. When she is heading somewhere, she prefers to walk; she regularly tops 90 kilometres per week! She also enjoys the tranquility of engaging in dance, yoga, and the fine arts.
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Katie Olfert
Software Development Intern
Katie Olfert is a student at the University of British Columbia, working towards a bachelor’s degree in combined physics and computer science. She is currently working on the 1QBit software development team, which builds and maintains tools that aid 1QBit researchers in their work. She has held internships at Netgear as a software tester and at the Canadian Department of National Defence as an operational research assistant. Outside of work, Katie has a love for a rather unique sport - quidditch! She just wrapped up her third year on the UBC Thunderbird Sports Club quidditch team as a starting chaser, and looks forward to continuing her quidditch career in the upcoming season.
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Dominic Marchand
Applied Researcher

Dominic studied computer engineering and physics at the University of British Columbia. His current research melds these two fields in a variety of ways. His postdoctorate work is concentrated in computational condensed matter physics with an emphasis on quantum Monte Carlo methods. Dominic sees quantum computing as an exciting new frontier of both software engineering and applied physics.

Dominic is a technology enthusiast with a love for gadgets, electronic or otherwise, and an avid rock climber. He is also suspected of being responsible for a disproportionate fraction of the espresso consumption at 1QBit, but will eagerly claim he could stop if he wanted.

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Maxwell Rounds
Industry Applications

Max spent six years in the financial services industry prior to working in the Industry Applications team at 1QBit. In the sales and trading divisions at both Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas, he designed quantitative investment strategies, focusing on condensing advanced financial techniques into standardized form to allow for easy access by both institutional and retail clients. Max specializes in asset allocation and financial decision problems.

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Shunji Matsuura
Fundamental Researcher
Shunji obtained his masters degree in cosmology and astrophysics from the University of Tokyo, and his PhD in string theory from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Tokyo. Previously, he was a member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (University of California, Santa Barbara), McGill University, Riken, the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (Kyoto Univeristy), and the Niels Bohr Institute (University of Copenhagen). Shunji's current research focuses on the fundamental aspects of quantum-enhanced optimization, such as error correction and speedup. Outside of work, he spends most of his time exploring cities with his family.
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Austin Wallace
Research Intern
Austin Wallace is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia. Through integrated science, he has designed his own machine learning degree by combining statistics and computer science with a commerce minor. Austin is CEO of The Quidditch Post, an international news media organization with more than 70 staff on five continents. Previously, he worked as a data science intern for Pebble and as video coach for the UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey team. Austin is passionate about the sport of quidditch, a full-contact, gender-integrated mix of dodgeball, rugby, and handball; Austin competed for Team Canada at World Cup 2016, helped UBC Quidditch secure funding and recognition as a UBC Thunderbirds Sport Club, and has organized 1QBit's annual quidditch event.
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Nick Condé
Software Development Intern
Nick is a software engineering student at the University of Victoria and is currently working on the 1QBit software development team. His primary interests include machine learning, modding video games, and anything relating to outer space or beyond. He was a core contributor for many years to an open source modding platform for the massively popular game Minecraft. He also spent three years training with a modern circus where he specialized in juggling and object manipulation, and claims he can juggle any three objects given to him.

“1QBit is a team of explorers seeking out methods of applying the power of quantum computing to previously unsolvable problems. We aim to make the world a better place by solving big problems or equipping other organizations with the necessary tools to do so.”

– Rob McMurtry, 1QBit Scrum Captain