Professor Michael J. Biercuk is a quantum physicist, innovator, and Director of the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney. His group is working to develop a new generation of advanced technologies powered by the strangest phenomena in quantum physics – Quantum Tech. Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Harvard University.He held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder under the supervision of 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. David Wineland, and has served as a consultant to US Defence Agency DARPA, helping to steer government venture investments in advanced technology. As an academic Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press, driving public debate on issues pertaining to innovation, technology policy, and the role of science in society. He has spoken at TEDxSydney and appeared on ABC's Q&A, along with presenting numerous keynote addresses to major business and public sector audiences.