Steinkirch, Ph.D.

Quantum Platform Engineer

Steinkirch did her graduate studies, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics, at Stony Brook University, researching the Equations of State of Dense Matter at the Astrophysics Department in the Los Alamos National laboratory and Heavy Ion Collisions at the RHIC accelerator in the Brookhaven National Laboratory. She did their BSc. in Theoretical Physics at the Department of Mathematical Physics of the University of Sao Paulo. Before joining Zapata Computing, Steinkirch was a Software and Infrastructure Engineer at Apple, Yelp, and Etsy. In the last ten years, she has authored and open-sourced several resources in Group Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Astrophysics, Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Computer Security. At Zapata, she is combining her two passions: Physics and Computer Science, helping to build the next revolution in technology.



Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

I have been fascinated by Physics and Computer Science since I was a kid and I have been pursuing these two fields as a career ever since. I first learned about Topological Quantum Computing when I was in my Ph.D., and I was immediately drawn to the field. With the many advances in Quantum Computing over the last years, a career in Quantum became a natural fit.

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

Practical and scalable quantum advantage; implications to classical computer science’s optimization problems; Quantum Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; shining new lights to our understanding of human consciousness; possible applications that can help humanity: drug discovery, food distribution, new algorithms for nitrogen fixation, new batteries, and clean energy, etc.

What’s your superpower?

Endurance and adaptability. Give me a challenge and I will not rest or stop searching until I solve it.

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

Any human in a hundred years, so I could ask how is life in the future.

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

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead