Borja Peropadre

Borja Peropadre, Ph.D.

Director of Technical and Strategic Alliances

Borja Peropadre has been working on quantum computing for over a decade. His specialization in quantum begun in his hometown Madrid, from 2009-2013, where he did his Ph.D. work on superconducting qubits. Borja continued his research in the US by joining the Aspuru-Guzik group. During that time, his research focused on quantum sampling problems in near term devices, potential applications of these problems on quantum chemistry, and more efficient implementations in superconducting platforms. Before joining Zapata in 2018, Borja worked on quantum device modeling and quantum error correction for a couple of years at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

Quantum Mechanics is probably the most striking theory of nature, as its predictions are highly counterintuitive. At the same time, this theory is extraordinarily accurate, for it describes nature with astounding precision. This very fact enticed me over the years to understand all the nuts and bolts of this beautiful theory. Quantum Computing has been my passion over the past decade. It has changed my understanding of how information is processed, and I work every day to make quantum computers a reality.

What are people often surprised to know about you?

People are quite surprised by the fact that I’m from Madrid, but a Barcelona supporter…

What’s your superpower?

I can fall asleep before my head touches the pillow.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.