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Welcome Monica Hernandez, Quantum Communications Lead

May 7, 2021


Monica Hernandez is the new quantum communications lead in the Quantum Information Science and Technology Group.

Monica Hernandez joined Berkeley Lab in the newly created role of quantum communications lead this month. “I’m very excited about being part of the dawn of the second quantum revolution by supporting quantum information science at Berkeley Lab, in particular by focusing on communications for the Quantum Systems Accelerator and the Advanced Quantum Testbed.” Hernandez said.

Based in South Florida, Hernandez — Moni to friends and colleagues — has worked with Ad Astra Rocket Company, Microsoft, Airbus, Sony Ericsson, Ryder System, The World Bank, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, she has traveled extensively through South America, South Asia, and the Middle East. In her own time, she’s an advocate and writer for space travel, research, and exploration. “I look forward to the diverse array of quantum technologies empowering our spacefaring dreams,” she said.

Already hard at work for her cause, Hernandez appealed to her Berkeley Lab colleagues to help her raise the profile of quantum information sciences at the lab: “As we ramp up our quantum communications programs at Berkeley Lab to secure U.S. leadership in quantum science, please be mindful that public engagement and enthusiasm start with us,” she said. “I ask for your help. Reach out to me if you're active on social media. If you're foreseeing attendance at conferences, workshops, meetups, or if you anticipate any publications, please let me know about it.”

Hernandez is part of CRD’s Quantum Information Science and Technology Group.

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