Martin Laforest

Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach
Martin Laforest

Martin is the Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Martin’s role is to bring science out of the lab and into people’s lives. This includes:

  • Director of Undergraduate School for Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP) and Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity program
  • Group tours of IQC
  • Strategic and scientific communications
  • Educational outreach
  • Support with government and industry outreach
  • Scientific demonstrations

Martin often delivers scientific and general presentations to a variety of audiences including:

  • The general public about quantum information science and engineering, the importance of curiosity driven research and the history of quantum mechanics
  • High school students through lectures and workshops on quantum information, quantum cryptography and various quantum phenomena
  • University students through technical lectures on spin qubits, semi-conductor quantum dots, quantum computing, quantum error correct and various other topics

He also leads the academic outreach for the collaborative graduate program in quantum information at the University of Waterloo.

Martin holds a PhD in physics (experimental quantum information) from the University of Waterloo.