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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Brown Quantum Engineering
Amy holds a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd, where she performed cosmically-sourced Bell tests and modeled quantum dot systems with HRL.
André Melo Quantum Engineering
André works on device design and simulation. His M.S. in Applied Physics at TU Delft focused on numerical methods for quantum many-body systems.
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.
Ani Nersisyan Quantum Engineering
Ani works on quantum device design and theory. She was a scientist at a sensor technology startup. She studied superconducting circuits for her Ph.D. at Oxford.
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.
Blake Johnson Quantum Engineering
Blake is the technical lead of Rigetti's quantum engineering team and works to scale-up superconducting qubit systems. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale.
Brian McVey Hardware Engineering
Brian is an engineering technician. His background is in aerospace, and he has 12 years of avionivs experience on the Black Hawk helicopter.
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).
Chih-Yang Li Fabrication
Chih-Yang works on process integration and operation in fabrication. He holds a Ph.D from University of Michigan in cavitation and multi-phase flow study.
Ching Lin Fabrication
Ching is responsible for wafer fab process, equipment maintenance, and improvement upgrade. He has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and R+D facilities.
Chloe Song Hardware Engineering
Chloe works on hardware development and control systems for quantum devices. She holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.
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.
Claire Thomas Quantum Engineering
Claire is a quantum engineer and product lead for quantum circuits. She earned her Ph.D. studying quantum phases of matter in ultracold atomic systems.
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.
Deanna Abrams Quantum Engineering
Deanna tests and characterizes quantum devices. She graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Stanford where she studied valence skipping in doped lead-telluride.
Dennis Feng Hardware Engineering
Dennis works on the optimization, test, and measurement of quantum limited amplifiers. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley.
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.
Eric Peterson Software Engineering
Eric writes software that facilitates practical quantum computation. He studied chromatic homotopy theory while earning his Ph.D. in Mathematics at UC Berkeley.
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.
Glenn Jones Hardware Engineering
Glenn develops mixed-signal systems for controlling quantum devices. Previously, he built real-time signal processors for radio astronomy and superconducting detectors.
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.
Israel Cabral Fabrication
Prior to joining Rigetti, Israel spent 19 years in the semiconductor industry and 10 years in wafer fabrication. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.
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.
John Stevenson Hardware Engineering
John is an engineering technician. He spent 17 years in the contract manufacturing industry specializing in military and aerospace functional test development.
Jonathan Ward Software Engineering
Jonathan develops quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry and machine learning. During his Physics B.A. at Harvard, he researched topological phases of matter.
Kamal Yadav Fabrication
After majoring in Physics and Optics, Kamal has spent 12 years developing and managing microfabrication activities, mostly in start ups.
Latham Turner Hardware Engineering
Latham has 11 years experience managing technology development programs. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from UNC.
Lauren Capelluto Hardware Engineering
Lauren works on improving the stability of the instruments which drive the quantum devices. She double majored at UC Berkeley in Physics and Computer Science.
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 Harrigan Software Engineering
Matt writes software with the quantum device theory team. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford running and analyzing massive protein folding simulations.
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.
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.
Sam Stanwyck Quantum Engineering
Sam works on design, fabrication, and measurement. He worked on high-Tc Josephson junctions during his Ph.D in Applied Physics at Stanford.
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.
Schuyler Fried Quantum Engineering
Schuyler received his B.Sc. from USC, where he studied quantum algorithms and classical simulation. He measures qubits and investigates quantum complexity theory.
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.
Steven Heidel Software Engineering
Steven develops the quantum cloud and specializes in building highly adaptable and composable software. He was previously a Staff Software Engineer at LinkedIn.
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.
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 Product
Will is product lead for Forest. He builds practical quantum programming tools for near-term hardware. His Ph.D. from Oxford is on the math of quantum algorithms.
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.
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 is operations coordinator for our Berkeley sites & writes our weekly company-wide update. She holds an M.T.S. from Harvard 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.
Demetra Jones Fabrication
Demetra supports our fabrication 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.
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 Chief Operating Officer
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.
Rachanna Kann Business Operations
Rachanna wrangles IT at our Berkeley sites. She previously worked at LinkedIn as Tier 2 helpdesk and interned at Airbnb.
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.
Ryan Karle Product
Ryan works in our product and customer success organizations at Rigetti. Previously, Ryan worked in product strategy at startups and public companies.
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.