Dr. Abhinav Kandala is an experimental physicist in the quantum computing group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where his research has focused on the coherence and control of superconducting qubits, multi-qubit device characterization, and applications of near-term quantum computers. Abhinav received his Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian institute of Technology (Bombay), and a PhD in Physics from The Pennsylvania State University, under the supervision of Prof. Nitin Samarth. His graduate research was focused on a class of materials known as topological insulators, studying their interplay with magnetism to engineer and detect dissipation-less electrical transport in these material systems. After receiving his PhD, Abhinav joined the quantum computing group at IBM Research initially as a post-doc, and is currently a research staff member. Here, his experiments [2,3] studying the applications of noisy quantum computers led to his recognition as one of 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Tech Review in 2019. His work was also recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018, and by C&E News’ Research of the Year 2017.