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Monica Hernandez

Monica Hernandez Quantum communications lead June 2023 BerkeleyLab
Monica Hernandez
Quantum Communications Lead
Mobile: +1 510.486.4681

Monica Hernandez focuses on the communications efforts that advance quantum information science (QIS) and technology at Berkeley Lab and secure U.S. leadership in quantum research and development. She specializes in the Advanced Quantum Testbed and Quantum Systems Accelerator. As a bilingual science communicator, Monica also produces QIS content in Spanish, which is rare in a fast-growing, developing field.  At Berkeley Lab, she's been recognized with several distinctions, including the Director's Award for Exceptional Achievement in IDEA-Outreach.

The Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) is a state-of-the-art collaborative research laboratory funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research program. The laboratory operates an open-access experimental testbed based on superconducting quantum hardware and is designed for deep collaboration with external users from academia, National Laboratories, and industry.

The Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA) is a U.S. National Quantum Information Science Research Center funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science. QSA comprises 15 partner institutions— universities and national laboratories—bringing together pioneers of many of today’s unique QIS and engineering capabilities. More than 250 QSA researchers are catalyzing U.S. leadership in a fast-growing field that seeks solutions to the Nation’s and the world’s most pressing problems by harnessing the laws of quantum mechanics.

With over a decade of professional experience in communications, public relations, and marketing, Monica has worked for visionary companies such as Ad Astra Rocket Company and Microsoft. She has also managed pan-regional public relations campaigns for global economic powerhouses, including Airbus and Ryder. She graduated with a dual bachelor's - master's degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Monica is also proficient in French and basic Portuguese. In addition, Monica writes about space travel, research, and exploration in her own time. She looks forward to the development of quantum technologies that empower humanity on Earth and in space.


Monica Hernandez, "Quantum Systems Accelerator 2023 Impact Report", Impact Report, March 17, 2023,

Monica Hernandez, "Advanced Quantum Testbed 2021 Progress Report", Progress Report, April 14, 2022,

Web Articles

"Innovating quantum computers with fluxonium processors", Monica Hernandez, News release, April 11, 2023,

"Jumpstarting the Future Quantum Workforce", Monica Hernandez, Feature, December 13, 2022,

"How the Five National Quantum Information Science Research Centers Harness the Quantum Revolution", Hannah Adams, Pete Genzer, Monica Hernandez, Leah Hesla, Scott Jones, Elizabeth Rosenthal, Denise Yazak, August 26, 2022,

"QIS Innovation Across the Growing R&D Ecosystem", Monica Hernandez, Feature, August 25, 2022,

"QSA Scientists Participated in ‘QIS For Everyone’ Briefing", Monica Hernandez, Feature, July 13, 2022,

"Meet QSA’s Early-Career Researchers Advancing the QIS Frontier", Monica Hernandez, Feature, April 14, 2022,

"Inspiring High Schoolers to Learn Quantum Computing", Monica Hernandez, Feature, April 14, 2022,

"QSA’s Science Breakthroughs in 2021", Monica Hernandez, Feature, February 17, 2022,

"Advancing Quantum Engineering: A Must-Do for Quantum Computing", Monica Hernandez, Feature, December 20, 2021,

"How the Advanced Quantum Testbed Prepares the New Quantum Workforce", Monica Hernandez, Feature, December 14, 2021,

"K-12 Career Talk: A Day in the Life of an AQT scientist", Monica Hernandez, Feature, October 22, 2021,

"Why QSA Advances 2D Materials for Quantum Computing", Monica Hernandez, Feature, September 28, 2021,

"The Quantum Systems Accelerator Hosts First Industry Roundtable", Monica Hernandez, Feature, June 22, 2021,

"AQT Positions Itself as Hub for Quantum Computing Startups", Monica Hernandez, Feature, June 16, 2021,


Monica Hernandez, Quantum Computing Workshop Brings Classical Control Systems Into Focus, News release, December 20, 2022,

Monica Hernandez, Optimizing SWAP Networks for Quantum Computing, News release, August 4, 2022,

Monica Hernandez, Joe Chew, Open Sourced Control Hardware for Quantum Computers, News release, February 24, 2022,

Monica Hernandez, Crucial Leap in Error Mitigation for Quantum Computers, News release, December 9, 2021,

Monica Hernandez, How a Novel Radio Frequency Control System Enhances Quantum Computers, News release, November 9, 2021,

Monica Hernandez, Raising the Bar in Error Characterization for Qutrit-Based Quantum Computing, News release, September 20, 2021,