Tim Hirzel has a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MS from MIT’s Media Lab. He brings extensive experience in managing teams working on performing data science, machine learning, quantum chemistry, and device simulation. Since 2005, Tim has been a software engineer and architect in science-based technology startups. Today he is focused on delivering a best in class quantum computing platform for Zapata and its customers.

Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

It is an honor to be working in quantum computing.  I hope the tools we build help scientists achieve new levels of creativity in the field!

What is your spirit animal (Pokemon)?

Crow

What are people often surprised to know about you?

I drove cross country in a retired ambulance.

What’s your superpower?

I can drive stick shift!

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

A Triceratops.  But with me in a protective cage.

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

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  Ferris Bueller