Dr. Michael Metcalfe is a Senior Scientist and lead program manager at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) in the Washington D.C. area. Dr. Metcalfe’s career has mainly focused on solid-state implementations of quantum devices such as superconducting qubits, quantum dots and mechanical oscillators and their application in computing, sensing and foundational studies. He currently leads LPS’s external quantum computing portfolio programs at universities, government laboratories and companies. He also recently completed a part-time detail at the FBI consulting, on technology protection issues in quantum information science.
Dr. Metcalfe’s first experience with quantum computing began in graduate school at Yale University, where he worked on novel qubit measurement schemes reliant on multi-stable superconducting circuits. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2008, Dr. Metcalfe spent 3 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a postdoctoral researcher. At NIST he investigated new approaches to quantum sensing using optically addressed self-assembled quantum dots as microscopic strain sensors. Dr. Metcalfe also studied opto-mechanical systems, a field whose primary goal is to explore the quantum properties of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices.
Following his time at NIST, in 2010 Dr. Metcalfe became a technical consultant at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA Dr. Metcalfe advised, developed, and tracked programs on a broad range of topics including quantum sensing, timekeeping, accelerometry, opto-mechanics, optical frequency combs, and ultra-fast lasers. In 2013 he joined LPS as a program manager, where his focus returned back to quantum computing related research.