Building a Connected Quantum Community in Latin America

Andrea Delgado
Distinguished Staff Fellow – Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Andrea Delgado joined ORNL as a Distinguished Staff Fellow in 2020 and is currently an R&D Associate in the Physics Division. Her background is in experimental high-energy physics with solid research and development (R&D) focus on analyzing big data produced by large-scale particle physics experiments.

Dr. Delgado earned her Ph.D. (2020) from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation focused on proving/disproving the existence of a particle not contained in the standard model of particle physics through the analysis of data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland. Before ORNL, she worked as a graduate research assistant at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as part of the US-CMS Collaboration under the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Dr. Delgado was also the recipient of the National GEM Consortium Fellowship.

At ORNL, Dr. Delgado’s interdisciplinary research is focused on the intersection of quantum computing and particle physics. Her work combines a scientific interest in extending our knowledge of the fundamental blocks of the universe and how they interact with each other and building better tools to analyze the data from quantum sensing experiments for dark matter detection, as well as quantum machine learning applications with a particular interest in quantum generative models.

Dr. Delgado is committed to diversity and inclusion in the STEM field and has served as a chair of the Women in Physical Sciences employee resource group. She is also the PI of a DOE RENEW award to fund a traineeship program to diversify the pipeline for the next generation of high-energy physicists. De. Delgado is currently a member of the American Physical Society and has served as the Early Career Executive Committee member at the Nuclear Physics Unit from 2022-2023.

Gustavo Cancelo
Senior Engineer – Fermilab

Gustavo Cancelo has made contributions to signal processing, nonlinear control theory, data acquisition systems, neural networks, FPGA design and hardware implementation of digital and analog systems. Gustavo has prolific experience in detectors for high energy physics and cosmology, mathematical modeling, simulations, and electronics. He has led international collaborations and projects in detectors for cosmology and accelerators for high energy physics. Since 2010 he has led projects for cosmology detectors using CCDs for dark matter and MKIDs (superconducting microwave kinetic inductance detectors) for dark energy. Gustavo has given conference presentations and invited lectures at most US National Laboratories and Universities in Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil. I am a member of the Engineering Policy Committee at Fermilab; he is a reviewer of the US Department of Energy for grants and projects, and an expert in superconducting detectors and electronics for cosmology.

Leandro Stefanazzi
Senior EngineerFermilab

Leandro Stefanazzi is an Electronic Engineer graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina. In 2008 he received his Master’s degree in Systems Control and in 2013 his PhD in Engineering, both from the Universidad Nacional del Sur. He currently works on digital signal processing and digital design, radio frequency, and low noise. From 2018 to the present he works at Fermilab, National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy, where he develops control and reading systems for Qubits in collaboration with various research organizations.

Araceli Venegas-Gomez
Founder and CEO – QURECA

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez spent several years working for Airbus in Germany and France as an aerospace engineer, before falling in love with quantum mechanics. She then decided to follow her passion for physics, and moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in quantum simulation at the University of Strathclyde. Following discussions with the different quantum stakeholders she had over the last years, Araceli identified the need to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, as well as to raise the quantum awareness to the general public. Continuing her work on outreach advocating quantum technologies, she was named the “quantum ambassador”, after winning the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting fellowship in 2019. Araceli founded her own company called QURECA (Quantum Resources and Careers) to create a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, and to generate global opportunities with quantum technologies. QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck: the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.

Enrique Solano
Founder and CEO – Kipu Quantum

Prof. Enrique Solano obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Physics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú. He go his PhD in Physics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, and Ludwig-Maximilia University, Munich, Germany. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Physics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru. In 2008, after several years of international research experience, he accepted the prestigious position of Ikerbasque Professor at University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Since then, he is director of the international center Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies (QUTIS). In 2018, he accepted the position of Distinguished Professor of Physics at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, where he is director of the international center “Quantum Artificial Intelligence for Science and Technology (QuArtist)”. During 2019, he was Chief Scientific Officer in Quantum Technologies at the AI company DeepBlue Technology based in Shanghai, China. During 2020, Prof. Solano was CEO of IQM Germany, where his vision on innovative Co-Design Quantum Computers was used. Since 2021, Prof. Solano is founder and CEO of Kipu Quantum, Munich, Germany, for designing and productizing Multiplatform Modular Co-Design Quantum Computers with the mission of Useful Quantum Computers Now. Prof. Solano is an influential world-class leader and visionary in interdisciplinary fields related to quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies, where his unique perspectives in arts, science, technology, and entrepreneurship flourish.

Rafael Sotelo
Co-Founder – Quantum-South
Director ICT Department – Universidad de Montevideo

Rafael Sotelo is PhD from University of Vigo, Electrical Engineer (Universidad de la República) and MBA (Universidad de Montevideo). He is Director of Research at the School of Engineering, Universidad de Montevideo, and professor at Universidad de la República. He worked for more than 20 years at Broadcast, Telecommunications and IT companies. Consultant for the Ministry of Industry (2011-2020) and Laboratorio Tecnológico de Uruguay (2018-2020). Member of the National Research System, Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of Uruguay ANIU and Senior Member of the IEEE. He currently is Regional Director (Latin America) of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society and member of the Board of Governors. He is also an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (2016-18 and 2019-21). Rafael is co-founder of the start-up Quantum-South. His research areas are: Quantum Computing, Video Experience Quality, Industrial and social applications of artificial intelligence and technology.

Salvador E. Venegas-Andraca (personal page)
Professor of Computer Science, DPhil (Oxon) – Tecnológico de Monterrey / The Unconventional Computing Lab

Salvador is a scientist and consultant devoted to scientific research, technology development, technology transfer, and teaching. He is the Principal Investigator of The Unconventional Computing Lab (his research group) and a Professor of Computer Science at Tecnológico de Monterrey.
His work is focused on understanding all scientific and societal aspects of computation as well as on contributing towards the economic development of modern society based on science and technology.
Salvador is a leading scientist in the field of quantum walks, co-founder of the field Quantum Image Processing and founder of Quantum Computing in Mexico.
He holds a DPhil in Physics and an MSc by research in Computer Vision, both degrees awarded by The University of Oxford. He also holds an MBA and a BSc in Digital Electronics & Computer Science, both degrees awarded by Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Salvador is a Fellow of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Fellow of the Mexican Academy of Computer Science, Member of the Mexican Society for the Public Communication of Science, and SNI level 2 (physics and mathematics) at Mexico’s National Network of Researchers.