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 was selected as a quantum computing individual expert in the Creative Destruction Lab 2021 bootcamp, where his team won 3rd prize in the Hackathon and his venture has been accepted into the 2021-2022 cohort program.
He is an advisor to QuSecure, assisting QuantFi in starting a US operation and was past-advisor to Quantum Thought and Qubit Engineering.
He is Corporate Faculty at Harrisburg University and teaching quantum computing at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, he is currently leading a joint quantum security project between the University and QuSecure and also starting an experimental project on BB84 using IonQ in collaboration with University of Strathclyde.
He is in the middle of writing "Quantum Computing Experimentation with Amazon Braket" to be published by Packt in 2022.
He has been the Chief Product Officer at Chicago Quantum where he co-published research in the area of financial portfolio optimization using D-Wave quantum annealer and other digital methods. He is also a co-researcher on a COVID herd vs lockdown optimization using D-Wave.
He loves simplifying complex concepts for others and has presented on a number of introductory quantum computing topics at meetups and at university lectures including at Duke University.
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. These allowed processing of claims, policy documents and organizing shipping documents.
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.