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Tier 2 CRC in Quantum Computing for Modelling of Molecules and Materials at the University of Victoria
Thomas E. Baker holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing for Modelling of Molecules and Materials in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and also the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria. He is also an affiliate member of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC) at the University of Victoria. His research is focused on the design and use of a quantum computer, with research methods and techniques spanning all areas of quantum computing. He has a broad background in density functional theory, quantum algorithms, and entanglement renormalization methods. He is the lead-developer of DMRjulia, a computational library for entanglement renormalization.
In 2021, he was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar at the University of York in the United Kingdom. From 2017-2020, Prof. Baker was the Prized Postdoctoral Scholar in Quantum Sciences and Technology at Institut quantique à l'Université de Sherbrooke. He is also the recipient of the Pat Beckman Memorial Scholar for the ARCS Foundation during his doctoral studies. While attending the California State University, Long Beach, he earned the Philip J. Old scholarship and sole graduate research fellowship.
He has won 7 first-place speaking awards, including the Kennedy Reed Award for Best Theoretical Research by a Graduate Student. He also won the statewide California Student Research Competition in 2012. He wrote scripts for The Loh Down on Science on National Public Radio.
Prof. Baker is a member of the education committee for the NSERC CREATE program in Quantum Computing affiliated with Quantum BC. He is the Principal Investigator of the quantum photonics, algorithms, light-matter interactions for technology (QuALITy) collaboration at the University of Victoria. He remains committed to building a diverse research group capable of handling the multitude of challenges related to his wide research interests. He is interested in working with a wide variety of students from all backgrounds.
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