Yudong Cao has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2016, and after graduation, he joined the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard University. The main focus of Yudong’s work at Harvard was on developing and deploying algorithms for noisy intermediate-scale quantum devices. This work has served as the foundation for the applications and solutions Zapata can offer their enterprise clients today. Today, Yudong continues to work on developing quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms for near-term applications.