Sandia Labs Senior Leader Appointed to National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

Deborah Frincke, Associate Laboratory Director of National Security Programs at Sandia National Laboratories, has been appointed to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee.

As a member of this Presidential Advisory Committee, Frincke will help produce an independent assessment of the National Quantum Initiative Program, established in 2019 to assert U.S. leadership in quantum information science and its technology applications, and make recommendations to the nation’s highest authorities future revisions of the program.

President Joe Biden announced the appointment in December.

“Quantum science and technology is said to have enormous potential in a variety of areas,” said Frincke. “Quantum computing, imaging and sensors are among the areas where major breakthroughs can lead to meaningful advances. It is an honor to be part of the NQIAC, which aims to both advise the President and represent the needs of industries, universities and federal laboratories. “

Frincke is a senior national security research executive. At Sandia, she directs and oversees projects for the Department of Defense, the US Secret Service and the Department of Energy in areas such as hypersonic flight systems, cybersecurity, advanced radar, microelectronics, threat intelligence, machine learning and quantum science. She also recently completed a tenure on the NATO Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies.

Previously, she was associate laboratory director for national security sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has held several senior positions at the National Security Agency, including director of research, where she also served as a past co-chair of the White House committee on the economic and security implications of quantum.

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Frincke is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and holds a PhD in Computer Science and Security from the University of California, Davis.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multipurpose laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has significant research and development responsibilities in the areas of nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with principal facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California.