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Q-FARM newsletter, issue 3, April 2021
April 01, 2021 |

Hello from Q-FARM:

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner!

Recently our attention has been drawn to the outstanding connections available to us in our real- and virtual-lives. Patrick and I marvel at the immutable spirit of innovation and a community that continues to thrive in many new and unexpected ways. 

Inspired by our first Q-FARM retreat in December, we are continuing along the theme of connections for our third newsletter.
  • We have tremendous opportunities available with Quantum Economic Development Consortia (QED-C) and IBM Qnet, which allows access and support to quantum computers.
  • Meet our 2021-22 Bloch Fellows: two have already joined us, and the others will join us in late summer.
  • Making connections with undergraduates, graduates and faculty, is the Stanford Quantum Computing Association. The student-run group is helping grow interest and share information in areas of quantum research.
Please enjoy this edition of our newsletter and take a moment to connect with the people and opportunities that are included. 

Do you have an idea or suggestion, please connect with us at – we'd love to hear from you!

Jelena & Patrick

Opportunities Abound! IBM Qnet and QED-C

IBM-Qnet membership enables access to all of IBM’s quantum computers, along with software and algorithm development, tutorials, application-targeted algorithm suites, and more. The network also provides research collaboration opportunities with industry and academic institutions around the world.

Stanford has a great opportunity to extract many benefits from joining the QED-C and to contribute as a leader in every aspect of its mission. Read more

Our 2021-22 Bloch Fellows

First column
  • Yujun Deng
  • Ryan Duncan
  • Nick Hunter-Jones
 Second column
  • Alex May
  • Henry Maxfield
  • Mihir Pendharkar

Read more about them

Jeremiah Coleman

Seizing Opportunity

Founded in January of 2019, the Stanford Quantum Computing Association (SQCA) aims to prepare, provide, and produce a community of undergraduate and graduate Stanford students interested and excited about Quantum Computing, Quantum Engineering and Quantum Information.

Read more


Q-FARM: Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative
Q-FARM Newsletter • Issue 3 • April 2021  •  Contact Q-FARM:


Q-FARM newsletter, issue 2
December 11, 2020 |

Hello from Q-FARM:

As autumn quarter closes, we look forward to winter break. The break will be unusual, but brings a sense of relief and restorative potential. We hope each of you take time to rejuvenate yourself; rest, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy much laughter over the next few weeks.

Reflecting on the accomplishments of Q-FARM students and faculty during the past (very unusual!) quarters brings us tremendous joy. Please continue reading the highlights that we are so proud to share!

If this newsletter sparks an idea or question, please reach out to us at – we'd love to hear from you!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Jelena & Patrick

Professor Monika Schleier-Smith awarded MacArthur Genius Grant 

Stanford quantum physicist Monika Schleier-Smith has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her creative approach to studying many-particle quantum systems.  Read more

Meet the 2020-21 Q-FARM Fellowship Awardees: Kfir Dolev and Ryotatsu Yanagimoto

Kfir, top photo, is in the Physics department and Ryotatsu, pictured bottom, is in Applied Physics. We are happy to welcome them to Q-FARM!

Read more about their research interests

Welcome New Interdisciplinary Faculty

From left to right: Adam Bouland (Computer Science), Dan Congreve (Electrical Engineering), Vedika Khemani (Physics), Andy Mannix (Material Science)

The Wilde Experience

Prof Mark Wilde

Mark M. Wilde is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University. He has been on sabbatical visiting Q-FARM from January through December 2020.

Read Professor Wilde's reflection on his past year at Stanford

Q-FARM: Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines initiative
Q-FARM Newsletter • Issue 2 • December 2020  •  Contact Q-FARM:


image of prof. Jelena Vuckovic
In this podcast, Professor Jelena Vučković talks about the challenges involved in creating scalable quantum computers and also reflects on the roles that engineers and physicists play in the development of quantum technologies.
She is joined by Michelle Simmons, director of Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.
Stanford quantum physicist Monika Schleier-Smith has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The fellowship, also referred to as “genius grants,” recognize individuals “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Fellows receive $625,000 stipends that come with no conditions in order to “pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Monika is among 21 recipients of the prestigious fellowship this year.
“We’re delighted that the MacArthur Foundation has recognized two outstanding Stanford scholars,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “Monika Schleier-Smith and Forrest Stuart conduct research in different disciplines using very different methods, but both exemplify creativity in their work and demonstrate what is possible when you bring fresh perspectives to thorny problems. We are all tremendously proud of their achievements, and I can’t wait to see where their research takes them.”
image of 2020 Fellowship winners, Kfir and Ryotatsu
August 28, 2020 |

Kfir Dolev and Ryotatsu Yanagimoto have been awarded the 2020-21 Academic Year Q-FARM Fellowships. 

Kfir Dolev, PhD candidate, Physics (pictured left)
Research focus: I intend to research the structure and implications of relativistic quantum tasks, meaning protocols which require a collection of individuals to collaborate in order to move and process quantum information through spacetime in a desired manner.
Advisors: Prof. Ayfer Ozgur, Electrical Engineering and Prof. Patrick Hayden, Physics
Ryotatsu Yanagimoto, PhD candidate, Applied Physics (pictured right)
Research focus: Dynamics of emergent ultra-broadband photonic devices operated in the highly-quantum regime are intrinsically intractable in general due to the immense dimensions of state space involved. My research interests are in developing new theoretical frameworks to unravel and exploit the rich quantum dynamics of broadband optics for quantum engineering and information.

Advisor: Prof. Hideo Mabuchi

Q-FARM Fellowships are awarded to students working on quantum measurement, quantum materials, quantum information, quantum optics or a related area. 

Please join us in welcoming Kfir and Ryotatsu to Q-FARM.