Department of Physics (Silicon Quantum Computing)
Joined SFU in October 2015
With a goal of developing quantum technologies, Dr. Simmons’ work falls squarely between engineering and physics. She believes that silicon is the way to go for quantum computing because “thanks to the hugely successful semiconductor industry, we really understand how to make accurate, reliable nanoscale structures in silicon.” Control and accuracy are essential to realizing the potential of quantum technology and bringing it into the mainstream.
What early life experiences influenced you to pursue a career in science?
I was part of that first generation of kids who grew up with 286 and 386 computers and was fortunate to have one at home. I remember the awe of programming a computer to do stuff, and early video games were so interesting – that's what captured my interest in subjects like math and science.
What was it about a computer that got you so hooked?
I remember playing with that giant box and the joy I experienced, especially when I could fix something that my parents couldn't. My generation was probably the first to have computer skills be such a major part of their early identity.