Professor Michael J Biercuk is the CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL, a quantum technology startup that is accelerating the pathway to the first useful quantum computers using the power of quantum control. Q-CTRL has attracted top-tier venture-capital backing from Sequoia Capital among others, and is built on Michael’s research leading the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney.
Michael holds the positions of Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology and CEO of Q-CTRL concurrently, and in his academic role is a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. He was educated in the United States, holding a PhD in Physics from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
An award-winning experimental quantum physicist, Michael speaks with clarity and authority about science and technology and is adept at making quantum physics accessible for a lay audience, such as with his TEDxSydney performance and his appearance at SXSW in 2019.