Michele Mosca obtained his doctorate in Mathematics in 1999 from the University of Oxford on the topic of Quantum Computer Algorithms. He joined the Waterloo faculty in 1999. He is co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization of the Faculty of Mathematics, and a founding member of Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Mosca is also the co-founder and Director of CryptoWorks21, an NSERC-funded training program in quantum-safe cryptography. In 2015, he cofounded evolutionQ Inc., where he serves as chief executive officer and president with chief technology officer Norbert Lütkenhaus, a pioneer and leader in quantum cryptography, in order to support organizations as they evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones.
Mosca is currently driving a national initiative, “Quantum-Safe Canada”, to raise awareness of this quantum threat and to help coordinate the development of the research, technology, tools and training needed for Canadian government and industry to transition successfully to cryptography designed to be safe in the era of quantum computers (a.k.a. quantum-safe cryptography or quantum-resistant cryptography). It draws together stakeholders from the cybersecurity, cryptography and quantum-science and technology research communities, government agencies and select industry sectors with a strong interest in expanding Canada’s capacity to address the need for strong support, coordination and investment.
Dr. Mosca’s work is published widely in top journals, and he co-authored the respected textbook “An Introduction to Quantum Computing” (OUP). Dr. Mosca has won numerous academic awards and honours, including 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000-2005), Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) since 2010, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation (2002-2012), University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo (2012-present), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), Fr. Norm Choate C.R., Lifetime Achievement Award (2017).