Dr. Ryan Bennink leads the Quantum Computational Science Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For the past decade his research interests have revolved around modeling and simulation of quantum computation and developing new quantum computational methods. Prior to that, Dr. Bennink developed state-of-the-art entangled photon sources for quantum information science applications. Dr. Bennink has a Ph.D in optics from the University of Rochester and undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics. He studied abroad as a Marshall Scholar, was a Sproull Fellow at the University of Rochester, and joined ORNL as a Wigner Fellow in 2004.