Richard Versluis (Rotterdam, 1971) is a principal systems engineer at TNO and engineering lead of the quantum computing division at QuTech, the cooperation between the University of Delft and TNO. He studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente with a focus on control systems and computer engineering (1996) and has a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) degree from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). After a short stay in Italy, working on renewable energy systems at the European Research Centre in Ispra, Italy (1996-1997) he started working at TNO in Delft. First as a researcher on renewable energy systems, later shifting his role to systems architect for complex design challenges in various fields of expertise such as the oil and gas industry, software design and EUV Lithography. Between 2001 and 2003 he worked as a visiting researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Since 2014 Richard is working in QuTech, contributing to QuTech’s ambition to build the world’s first Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computer. Richard is the system architect of Quantum Inspire, Europe’s first public online quantum computing platform. Not only does Quantum Inspire include a 5 qubit processor named Starmon-5, but it also provides the world’s first public access to a spin qubit based processor named Spin-2. With this, it is also a unique platform giving direct access to two different qubit technologies.
Richard holds 4 US patents, filed by ASML and Zeiss, on the optical configurations used in EUV lithography, thermal control of optical systems and gas analysis systems.