Chief Quantum Architect and Distinguished Research Staff Member
Bachelor of Science, Physics, Emory University
Master of Science and Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Matthias has made invaluable contributions to IBM’s progress toward offering a commercial quantum computing system.
Current project that excites you most?
The entire quantum computing effort is tremendously exciting. Although IBM has a long history in taking research projects to product development, this feels different, because quantum is different! It defies our deepest and most fundamental intuition on so many levels that it is really difficult to predict the future. Yet despite the many unknowns, it’s reassuring to see how the world is beginning to embrace quantum as a potentially game-changing technology. The hardware and software challenges are numerous, and we do not yet know what exact applications will emerge.
We should expect the unexpected, but surely, quantum computing has been one of the most exciting journeys I have ever taken.
Advice for tackling tough problems?
You have to break down the problem into various components and then, most importantly, identify the right people to get the work done. Also, it’s important to find those who will look out for the team as a whole.
Greatest influence in your life?
A guiding principle that has served me well is to try your best but expect nothing in return. All you can do is put forth your best effort, focusing on what is necessary for the project. Don’t be afraid to fight for what you believe is necessary, even if that means making bold technical changes, or asking for things you think will never be approved.
What’s your passion project?
My passion away from my job is my family. I also like being physically active, doing lots of sports. We only live once and children grow up quickly. Enjoy life while you can!