Alex Khan - Principal Consultant and Advisor Quantum Computing

Alex Khan is the Principal Consultant, Advisor and Researcher in Quantum Computing at Aligned IT, LLC.

He is an active contributor to the rapidly growing quantum computing ecosystem advising various quantum startups, leading product development activities, teaching quantum computing and principal investigator in research and development in quantum computing.

He is CEO of ZebraKet an Ontario based quantum computing startup in supply chain optimization and graduate of the Creative Destruction Lab's Quantum stream. He is COO of QuantFi's US Operation, Quantescence, Inc. The French startup is a cohort member of the University of Maryland Quantum Startup Foundry and also Duality Accelerator. Alex is leading the team to bring 300+ qubit quantum emulation to market. He is also an advisor to QuSecure and a past advisor to Quantum Thought and Qubit Engineering.

As Corporate Faculty at Harrisburg University he teaches quantum computing at the undergraduate and graduate level and mentors at QuForce. He is currently leading a joint BB84 project using IonQ in collaboration with University of Strathclyde.

In the past he was Chief Product Officer at Chicago Quantum where he co-authored research in financial portfolio optimization using D-Wave quantum annealer. He was also a co-researcher on a COVID optimization study using quantum annealing.

He loves simplifying complex concepts for others and has presented on several introductory quantum computing topics at meetups and annually at Duke University in Dr. Campbell Harvey's finance class. He is the author of the recently released book "Quantum Computing Experimentation with Amazon Braket" by Packt Publishing.

He is a former IT executive with experience in delivering health insurance automation products and leading large enterprise technology teams. He was AVP Business Technology at Lincoln Financial Group, Director Corporate Systems and Enterprise Programs at CareFirst BCBS and Director Business Analysis and Architecture at Blue Shield of California. His early career included developing a rules engine which was used in workflow automation and document automation products sold to many insurance, manufacturing, and financial companies.

He enjoys living in the broader Baltimore-DC metro area and has interests in cosmology, metaphysics, aviation, and virtual reality.

He was a dual engineering-physics major receiving his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, master’s in engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA with health sector management from Duke University. He has a certificate in quantum computing from MIT|xPro.

He has been recognized by the Quantum Daily as one of the 126 advisors shaping the Quantum Computing Industry.

Real world use cases in Quantum Computing

  • Financial Portfolio Optimization

  • COVID Optimization

  • Fixed asset optimization

  • Quantum security and penetration testing (Shor's algorithm)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Game dynamics and optimization (NEOS VR)

  • Other combinatorial optimization problems


Determining the impact of Quantum Computing on IT

  • Developing Strategic Recommendations for CIOs based on Quantum Computing advancements.

  • Determining implications of Quantum Computing on Artificial Intelligence, Encryption, Communications and future IT Strategy.


Key focus areas:

  • Quantum Computing optimization and AI implementations in HealthCare, Insurance and Finance

  • Implementing Optimization solutions using D-Wave Annealing Quantum Computer

  • Benefits of Quantum Speedup on current Optimization Models

  • Simulation of current algorithms on the IBM-Q

  • Quantum Mechanics, Combinatorial Optimization and Quantum Computing Algorithms development


Strategic Impact of AI and Quantum Computing

Guidance for IT planning, architecture and corporate executives

Change Management and Transformation to Quantum Computing

Provide a customized learning roadmap for the organization

Prototype or Proof of Concept in Quantum Computing

Take the first step into reformulating your known problem on a quantum computer

Contact Alex Khan to provide a tactical, strategic and architectural alignment for your business related to IT or quantum computing