Brian started his career as an Electrical Engineer, writing low-level code for database management system software. As a graduate student in computational physics, he simulated the electronic behavior of novel solid-state devices. He has worked at an education technology start-up as a full-stack software engineer and data scientist and in information security at a large financial firm as a data engineer and data scientist. He is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Questions & Answers

 

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

I have a background in quantum physics by way of my graduate work in solid-state computational physics. Quantum computing felt like a pipe dream at that time, relegated to academia. Now, I’m excited to be a part of a brilliant team at the forefront of its application. It’s the most open-ended field I can think of and I’m eager to see where it leads.

 

What is a problem you dream of solving (with quantum)?

I’m certainly drawn to the applications in AI, given my background. But the answer to that question is what I’m here to flesh out.

 

What’s your superpower?

There was a time when I was unbeatable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64. Spoils of a misspent youth.

 

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

I’m fascinated by people who can excel in many different things, so I’ll go with Leonardo Da Vinci — especially if I can go back in time to 15th Century Florence to meet him

 

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

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”

― Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning”