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Dr. Hoffmann

Joan Hoffmann Program Manager

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Ph.D., Physics

University of California, Berkeley

M.S., Physics

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Mathematics and Physics

Swarthmore College

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Dr. Joan Hoffmann is the exploration program area manager and acting program manager for Alternative Computing Paradigms in APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Mission Area. She is responsible for strategic direction and execution of a diverse portfolio encompassing research in quantum computing, trustworthy computing, neuromimetic computing, and computational physics. Over the last five years, she has worked with an exceptional group of investigators to build APL’s core Quantum Information Science team, now comprising nearly twenty scientists engaged in robust experimental, theoretical, and computational efforts. Dr. Hoffmann has a broad background in experimental physics, with emphasis on nanoscale and device physics, and a long track record of successful technical leadership, including roles as principal investigator for both sponsored and internal tasks and technical lead for large sponsored projects. She has extensive experience developing nanostructured materials and devices for chemical, biological, and radiation sensing (for which she received APL’s 2013 Hart Prize for Best Research Project); growing and patterning carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes and graphene); and conducting low-noise measurements.

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