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Who we are

Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company. We design and manufacture superconducting quantum integrated circuits. We package and deploy those chips in a low temperature environment, and we build control systems to perform quantum logic operations on them. We build software to integrate our systems directly into existing cloud infrastructure.

We believe the first useful quantum computers are within reach, and we believe quantum computing has the potential to one day have an enormous positive impact on humanity. To help realize that vision, we also develop new algorithms for quantum computing, with a focus on near-term applications in computational chemistry and machine learning.

Our product, Forest, is the world’s first full-stack programming and execution environment for quantum/classical computing. Forest includes Quil (quantum instruction language), our programming standard for quantum/classical computing.

Board of Directors

Chad Rigetti

Founder and CEO, Rigetti Computing

Chad Rigetti is a quantum computing physicist and the founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing. He worked in the quantum computing group at IBM. Chad has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Regina and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale.

Charlie Songhurst

Founding Partner, Katana Capital

Charlie Songhurst is a founding partner of Katana Capital and the Songhurst Group. He ran corporate strategy for Microsoft and was involved in the Yahoo commercial deal, and the Skype acquisition. Charlie received a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy, and economics.

Vijay Pande

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Vijay Pande is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Structural Biology and of Computer Science at Stanford University. Vijay received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

Peter Pace

General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Peter Pace served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005-2007, the first Marine to hold this position. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Peter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a master's degree in administration from George Washington University.

Technical Team

Adam Bradley Hardware Engineering

Adam manages the dilution fridges that support Rigetti's quantum microchips. Formerly, he hunted dark matter and neutrinos deep in a South Dakotan mine.

Alex Hudson Quantum Engineering

Alex leads our engineering operations and has launched products in diverse technical industries. He holds a Ph.D. in MRI Physics from Nottingham University.

Alexa Staley Quantum Engineering

Alexa characterizes quantum chips for Rigetti. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia and was part of LIGO's Gravitational Wave detection.

Alexander Papageorge Quantum Engineering

Alexander is an expert in the implementation of CQED systems. For his Ph.D. he built and characterized an ultracold-atoms machine to study novel quantum matter.

Alvin Gao Quantum Engineering

Alvin works on quantum device design and simulation. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Yale, where he studied Fluxonium qubits and cryogenic hardware.

Andrew Bestwick Quantum Engineering

Andrew works in quantum device design, fabrication, cryogenics, and measurement. He researched topological quantum effects during his Physics Ph.D. at Stanford.

Anthony Polloreno Software Engineering

Anthony develops software for measurement and analysis. He is interested in quantum algorithms and complexity theory and has done research in optimal control.

Benjamin Bloom Quantum Engineering

Ben leads a quantum hardware development team here. His Ph.D. in optical atomic clocks at Boulder set new records on total systematic uncertainty.

Catvu Bui Fabrication

Catvu's expertise lies in fabrication development for micro-devices, from MEMS mirrors and sensors (R&D, volume production) to photonic crystals (research).

Chris Osborn Quantum Engineering

Chris works on our quantum engineering team. He received a Ph.D. in Ultracold Atomic Physics from Columbia, after which he worked on a consumer finance startup.

Colm Ryan Quantum Engineering

Colm is a quantum engineer working on qubit physics and control systems. Previously, he worked on quantum information at BBN, MIT and University of Waterloo.

Cuong Tran Fabrication

Cuong runs our wafer fab processing equipment, maintenance, and engineering, with more than 25 years' experience in R&D and manufacturing.

Damon Russell Hardware Engineering

Damon leads the hardware engineering team. He received his Ph.D. from CalTech in Electrical Engineering.

Dan Girshovich Software Engineering

Dan builds software for controlling quantum computers. He previously spent five years on aerospace projects, including a prototype electric manned aircraft.

Diego Scarabelli Fabrication

Diego is a quantum device physicist, working on design, fabrication and measurement. He has worked on NV centers and GaAs quantum dots.

Eyob Sete Quantum Engineering

Eyob works in quantum device design and theory. He researched quantum computing with superconducting qubits at UC Riverside, and quantum optics at Texas A&M.

Ezer Alcala Hardware Engineering

Ezer is an electro/mechanical technician with experience working in manufacturing and R&D laboratories. He is working towards his B.S. in Industrial Technology.

Genya Crossman Quantum Engineering

Genya facilitates data acquisition and analysis for design and fabrication. Her previous work included simulations for HEP physics and THIN tunneling devices.

Guen Prawiroatmodjo Software Engineering

Guen works on the quantum operating system. She researched quantum effects in unconventional superconductors during her Physics Ph.D. at Copenhagen University.

Jayss Marshall Fabrication

Jayss graduated in Material Science Engineering from UC Berkeley, and worked at the Marvel NanoLab as an undergrad. He works in device fabrication and bonding.

Jean-Philip Paquette Hardware Engineering

JP develops cryogenic test modules and microwave packaging/interconnect solutions. He previously studied mechanical engineering with focus in mechatronics.

Jeff Cordova Software Engineering

Jeff leads our software engineering team. He has 20 yrs. of experience as an executive, entrepreneur, and engineer. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Washington.

Joel Angeles Fabrication

Joel works on quantum device fabrication and has over a decade of experience in the aerospace, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical/medical business environments.

Johannes Otterbach Software Engineering

Johannes builds quantum software. His Ph.D. research at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) focused on interacting photons in low dimension.

John Costa Fabrication

John oversees the construction of Rigetti wafer fabrication. John has 25+ years of experience in semiconductor fabrication operations and facilities management.

Kamal Yadav Fabrication

After majoring in Physics and Optics, Kamal has spent 12 years developing and managing microfabrication activities, mostly in start ups.

Kat Kuang Hardware Engineering

Kat's experience lies in economic research and the consumer electronics industry. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Latham Turner Hardware Engineering

Latham has 11 years experience managing technology development programs. He holds a B.S. in physics from the US Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from UNC.

Marcus da Silva Quantum Engineering

Marcus works on quantum device theory and design. He studied how to characterize and implement quantum processors at U Waterloo, U Sherbrooke, and Raytheon BBN.

Mark Suska Software Engineering

Mark's expertise lies in realtime embedded software systems on custom hardware with FPGAs. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Carleton University.

Matthew Reagor Quantum Engineering

Matt leads a quantum hardware development team. He invented a record-holding quantum memory architecture while on an IEEE graduate fellowship at Yale.

Maxwell Block Quantum Engineering

Max works on quantum device design and simulation. He graduated with a B.S. in physics from Stanford where he modeled cavity QED systems for his honors thesis.

Mehrnoosh Vahidpour Fabrication

Mehrnoosh works in quantum device design, fabrication, cryogenics, and measurement. She is an expert in microwave engineering and microfabrication techniques.

Michael Lenihan Hardware Engineering

Michael develops systems controlling quantum devices. He holds a B.S. from UIUC and has over 30 years of computer engineering experience in Silicon Valley.

Michael Rust Hardware Engineering

Michael develops hardware for the control of quantum devices. He holds a B.S. E.E. and a B.S. in Physics from UT Austin.

Michael Scheer Quantum Engineering

Michael works on quantum device design and simulation. He earned his Sc.B. in physics at Brown where he studied NV center spin coupling in diamond.

Michael Selvanayagam Hardware Engineering

Michael works on cryogenic microwave circuits including quantum limited amplifiers. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Mike Pelstring Hardware Engineering

Mike leads the Mechanical Engineering team. He brings experience in design for manufacturing for disk drives, lighting control, motors, and defense electronics.

Nagesh Vodrahalli Fabrication

Nagesh leads our fabrication team and has much experience in the semiconductor industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Nasser Alidoust Quantum Engineering

Nasser works on test and measurement of quantum devices. He holds a Physics Ph.D. from Princeton, where he studied topological quantum phases of matter.

Nicholas Rubin Software Engineering

Nick develops quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry and machine learning. During his Ph.D. he worked on simulation methods for strongly correlated systems.

Nicolas Didier Quantum Engineering

Nico works in quantum device theory. He researched circuit quantum electrodynamics and optomechanics in Grenoble, Pisa, Sherbrooke, McGill, Paris, and Yale.

Nikolas Tezak Software Engineering

Nik works on developing experiment control software and analysis tools. He studied quantum feedback networks during his Applied Physics Ph.D. at Stanford.

Peter Karalekas Software Engineering

Peter develops software for quantum calibration and control. He graduated from Yale, where he implemented randomized benchmarking for the Schoelkopf Lab.

Rachanna Kann Fabrication

Rachanna manages our Fremont office. She previously worked at LinkedIn as Tier 2 helpdesk and interned at Airbnb.

Riccardo Manenti Quantum Engineering

Riccardo skills include fabrication, design and measurement of multi-qubit devices. He studied SAW based circuit-QAD devices during his Ph.D. at Oxford.

Rick Chilcott Hardware Engineering

Rick has 30+ years of experience in design, manufacturing, and documentation. Previously, he led development, test and manufacture of a display for Qualcomm.

Robert Smith Software Engineering

Robert specializes in creating robust software with solid mathematical foundations. He is an avid Common Lisp programmer.

Rodney Sinclair Hardware Engineering

Rodney develops firmware driving qubit operations. He researched the thermodynamics of quantum mechanical fluids during his Ph.D. at UCLA.

Russ Renzas Fabrication

Russ drives our fabrication team. He is an expert in nanomaterial characterization and test with 7 years of industry experience.

Sabrina Hong Quantum Engineering

Sabrina is an experimental physicist who works primarily in cryogenic device characterization. She has worked on spin qubits in Si quantum dots.

Saniya Deshpande Hardware Engineering

Saniya works on quantum measurements and the design of nonreciprocal devices. She previously worked on quantum optics and photonics at the UM and UC Berkeley.

Shane Caldwell Quantum Engineering

Shane started in the lab at RQC when the "lab" was a small empty room. He finished his physics Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2015.

Stefan Turkowski Hardware Engineering

Stefan received his M.S.E.E. from Caltech, and has engineered several RF and analog systems on the PCB level. At Rigetti, he is building hardware.

Thomas Manning Hardware Engineering

Tom develops cryogenic microwave circuitry for conditioning qubit control signals. He received his B.S E.E. from UC Davis, with an empahsis in RF engineering.

Ting-Wai To Hardware Engineering

Ting-Wai is a mechanical engineer with experience at Amazon Prime Air, HP, and supercomputing research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's NCSA.

Tristan El Bouayadi Hardware Engineering

Tristan is a RF Engineer with experience in mmW systems for telecommunications (CEA-LETI), radio-astronomy (NASA-JPL) and recently quantum computing.

Tyler Whyland Fabrication

Tyler works in process development. He previously worked at Lockheed in process integration. He holds an M.A. from UCSB and worked on electronic/photonic devices.

Vijay Rawat Fabrication

Vijay's focus is in fabrication of quantum devices. Previously, he worked at HGST (8+ years) on fabrication of next generation opto-magnetic recording device.

Will Zeng Software Engineering

Will builds practical quantum programming tools & software architectures for near-term hardware. At Oxford he studied the math of quantum algorithms for his Ph.D.

William O'Brien Fabrication

William specializes in electronic materials, surface science, and device physics. He has developed Si/III-V lasers, freestanding membranes, and quantum dots.

Yuvraj Mohan Fabrication

Yuvraj works on fabrication and quantum device testing. He conducted research on organic solar cells, neutrinos, and diamond-based qubit systems at UPenn.

Operations Team

Adam Lynch Business Operations

Adam leads our IT department. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and operating cloud, internet, and telecom infrastructures.

Anand Desai Business Operations

Anand leads our finance organization and brings 9 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy (Microsoft, Google). He holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan.

Ariel Dooner People Operations

Ariel "womans" the front desk at Berkeley & writes our weekly company-wide update. She holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School where she studied ethics & politics.

Ashmine Walia Business Operations

Ashmine prepares all of our accounting. She holds an M.S. in Accounting from St. Mary's College of California and has experience in accounting, operations, and HR.

Chris Calvarese Business Operations

Chris manages and maintains all of our office technology. He previously worked for a class-leading ERP firm.

Demetra Jones Operations

Demetra supports our executive team. She was a trader for 9 years and teaches at a non-profit. She holds a B.S. from Spelman College and an M.B.A. from UC Davis.

Ed Novak Business Operations

Ed leads our HQ facilities team. He has managed facilities and projects for tech companies for 20+ years. Ed holds an Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley.

John Macaulay Business Operations

John manages our patent portfolio. Physics Ph.D. Experience in R&D/fab management; patent prosecution, portfolio management, IP landscaping, patent invalidation.

Kelly Barnett Operations

Kelly supports our CEO. Before Rigetti, she worked in operations at startups and venture firms. She holds a B.A. in History and is currently working on her J.D.

Lisa Anne Logan People Operations

Lisa Anne leads people operations & culture. Her prior 4 years were as a general manager in venture capital & coworking; 10 years in marketing at Apple & startups.

Madhav Thattai Strategy

Madhav built our business org and leadership team, and drives our strategy. 8 years at Dell (product, services, operations). Michigan Engineering, Stanford GSB.

Molly Murphy People Operations

Molly leads talent acquisition, handling each touchpoint of our candidate experience with warmth and enthusiasm. Her background is in anthropology and design.

Nancy Weber Business Operations

Nancy works for our procurement department. She previously built control racks for our control systems team.

Patrick Bird People Operations

Patrick is our workspace coordinator, handling all things facilities. Previously he worked at the California Academy of Sciences in guest experience and security.

Reed McBride Business Operations

Reed leads business operations. Prior VP of Corporate Development & GC at VSCO; attorney at Orrick. B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois; J.D. from Berkeley Law.

Selen Sezen Business Operations

Selen leads supply chain operations. She holds a B.Eng. from Yeditepe University and an M.S. in Systems and Industrial Engineering from San Jose State University.

Tammie Knight People Operations

Tammie manages benefits and employee relations. Previously, she partnered with Bay Area CEOs and management teams in Chief of Staff and Executive Admin. roles.