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Atom Computing is building quantum computers using individually controlled atoms. Atoms are nature's perfect quantum bits and can be controlled optically, without wires. Atoms provide a path towards truly scalable quantum computing.
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Rob Hays is CEO & President of Atom Computing. He has over 20 years of technology leadership, pushing the limits of computing performance and innovation. Prior to joining Atom Computing, Rob was Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions Group and Vice President and General Manager at Intel where he was responsible for leading Intel’s Xeon processor roadmaps.
Rob Hays
CEO & President
Ben is an expert in atomic clocks and industrial R&D having worked on both Semiconductor and Superconducting Josephson Junction technology. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado, where his work on atomic clocks was arguably the most precise and accurate measurement ever performed at the time of its publication.
Benjamin Bloom
Co-Founder & CTO
Jonathan is an expert in nuclear magnetic resonance and has worked on applications of nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond, semiconductor spintronics, zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance, spectroscopy of chirality and parity nonconservation in molecules.
Jonathan King
Co-Founder & Lead Scientist
Krish brings expertise in atomic clocks and atom interferometry. After receiving his PhD at MIT, he worked at Draper Labs, where he led the development of stable atomic accelerometers for navigation in harsh environments. He also helped design and build a low-noise, optical atomic clock for use on moving platforms.
Krish Kotru
Principal Quantum Engineer
Brian specializes in the control of individual quantum systems. He obtained his PhD from CU Boulder for work using optical tweezers to trap and manipulate single neutral atoms. His postdoctoral research at Yale focused on the use of transmon qubits to engineer operations between superconducting cavities.
Brian Lester
Principal Quantum Engineer
Remy is an expert in high-precision laser spectroscopy and atom interferometry. He obtained his PhD at the Vrije University in Amsterdam working on high-precision spectroscopy of quantum degenerate atoms trapped in optical tweezers. He continued his passion for high-precision metrology at Stanford University, employing large-scale atom interferometry to test fundamental theories of gravity and quantum mechanics.
Remy Notermans
Senior Quantum Engineer
Mickey McDonald is an experimental physicist with expertise in optics, precision spectroscopy, and quantum manipulation of neutral atoms and molecules. After PhD work at Columbia University on ultracold molecules, he performed postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago leading the development of an experimental platform for the manipulation of ultracold atoms in optical tweezers.
Mickey McDonald
Senior Quantum Engineer
Stanimir is trained as an experimental physicist in the field of ultracold atoms and molecules. During his PhD at the University of Illinois and post-doctoral work at Princeton, he helped design and build two new quantum gas machines. As a research scientist in Columbia University, Stanimir helped realize the first molecular optical lattice clock.
Stanimir Kondov
Senior Quantum Engineer
Robin has extensive experience in RF hardware, FPGA, and embedded software design and engineering leadership. She received her Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics from the University of Chicago. She was previously the R&D Engineering Manager for the Ettus Research line of software defined radios at National Instruments and developed digital IP for RF integrated transceivers at Analog Devices.
Robin Coxe
Chief Control Systems Engineer
Peter is a software engineer with eight years of professional experience. He obtained his PhD in physics at UC Berkeley, with a focus in statistical physics applied to machine learning, the result of which was a new way to fit probabilistic models to data called Minimum Probability Flow Learning. Prior to joining Atom Computing, Peter led a software team at an autonomous mass transit startup building the system control infrastructure for a robotic fleet of pod cars.
Peter Battaglino
Senior Princiap Software Engineer



Kayleigh has expertise in the design and implementation of novel techniques for coherent control in atomic systems. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley, working on atom interferometry with lithium and its applications to precision metrology. In her postdoctoral work at Berkeley, Kayleigh led the development of a quantum gas experiment with ultracold titanium.
Kayleigh Cassella
Staff Quantum Engineer
Joseph is an electrical engineer with experience in developing FPGA-based real-time control systems. During his master’s thesis at UPenn, he led the FPGA design for implementing a deterministic charge initialization scheme for room-temperature NV-centers in bulk. Prior to Atom, he was developing firmware and gateware for integrated solid-state LiDARs.
Joseph Lauigan
Staff FPGA Engineer
Oriana is the Office Manager at Atom Computing. Along with multiple years of office management experience, Oriana has also completed certifications in Nonprofit, Human Resources, and Payroll Management from California State University, East Bay.
Oriana Havlicek-Allen
Office Manager
Albert is an experimental physicist with expertise in optics, photonics, and ultracold atoms. During his PhD at the University of Chicago, he built a small-waist, degenerate optical cavity for cavity QED experiments with rubidium and probed it with a spatial light modulator. In his postdoctoral work at the University of Washington, Albert conducted research in van der Waals material integrated nanophotonics and optical neural networks.
Albert Ryou
Staff Quantum Engineer
Lucas is an experimental physicist specialized in atomic physics, photonics and quantum optics. He received his PhD from Caltech, investigating interaction between ultracold Cesium atoms and nanophotonics crystal waveguides. Prior to Atom, he worked at AOSense, where he developed atomic based inertia sensors.
Lucas Peng
Staff Quantum Engineer
Sandeep is a software engineer with a focus on data science and engineering. For his PhD at Penn State, he studied quantum computational complexity. Before joining Atom, he built a synthetic data platform at Capital One.
Sandeep Narayanaswami
Senior Software Engineer
Ciro is a software engineer with a focus on RF instrumentation. Before joining Atom, he worked on software for RF vector signal analyzers, vector signal generators, and software-defined radios. Ciro holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Rice University.
Ciro Nishiguchi
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Tsung-Yao is an experimental physicist specializing in manipulating individual ultracold atoms. His PhD work at Penn State focused on building a quantum computer with Cesium atoms in a 3D optical lattice.
Tsung-Yao Wu
Staff Quantum Engineer
Eli is an experimental physicist specializing in the control and characterization of quantum systems. After obtaining a PhD from the Hebrew University for work on creation and characterization of highly entangled photonic states, Eli performed postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley with Hartmut Haeffner harnessing trapped ions for quantum simulations and precision measurements.
EliMegidish
Senior Quantum Engineer
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Jun is a Fellow of JILA and a Fellow of NIST. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His research focuses on the frontiers of light-matter interactions and includes precision measurement, quantum physics and ultracold matter, and much more. He has co-authored over 350 papers and has delivered over 550 invited talks.
Jun Ye
Scientific Advisor
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Rob Hays is CEO & President of Atom Computing. He has over 20 years of technology leadership, pushing the limits of computing performance and innovation. Prior to joining Atom Computing, Rob was Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions Group and Vice President and General Manager at Intel where he was responsible for leading Intel’s Xeon processor roadmaps.
Rob Hays
Board Member
Ben is an expert in atomic clocks and industrial R&D having worked on both Semiconductor and Superconducting Josephson Junction technology. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado, where his work on atomic clocks was arguably the most precise and accurate measurement ever performed at the time of its publication.
Benjamin Bloom
Board Member
Ethan is a Partner at Venrock, leading investments in early-stage companies rooted in deep technology breakthroughs. He focuses primarily in quantum, aerospace, robotics, and infrastructure. Prior to Venrock, Ethan spent 15 years as an executive, founder, and angel investor, with leadership positions at Facebook, Box, and Yahoo!. He also holds 16 patents. Ethan is a passionate early adopter, space geek, and competitive athlete.
Ethan Batraski
Board Member
Dror co-founded Innovation Endeavors with Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Executive Chairman of Google/Alphabet Inc., in 2010. Dror invests in early-stage startups that are driving exponential rates of change in their industries — from agriculture and computational biology to fulfillment centers and satellites. He earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University.
Dror Berman
Board Member
Bill is CEO of SRI International and was previously President & CEO of HRL Laboratories. Dr. Jeffrey has extensive government R&D experience having served as Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Senior Director of Homeland & National Security within the Executive Office of the President Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and multiple positions at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
William Jeffrey
Board Member

He serves on the board of directors for Benson Hill, Boston Metal, Citrine Informatics, Holo, and Zapata Computing and actively manages the firm’s investments in Arable, Atom Computing, CoverCress, GreenLight Biosciences, Fortify, Pivot Bio, Planet Labs, polySpectra, Renew Financial, Unspun, and Zymergen.
Mark Cupta
Board Observer