Sophia Economou is a professor of physics at Virginia Tech. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of California, San Diego, where she worked on theoretical aspects of optically controlled spin qubits. After that, she spent several years at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., first as an NRC postdoc and later as a staff researcher. Her current research interests include quantum computing with various types of qubits, including spin-based, superconducting, and photons. She is also interested in photonic entanglement in quantum networks as well as quantum simulation algorithms for solving many-body problems on quantum devices.