Celia Merzbacher

Celia Merzbacher

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Dr. Celia Merzbacher is the Executive Director for the SRI-managed Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium advancing the quantum industry and the associated supply chain. In her role, Dr. Merzbacher is responsible for continuing to build the consortium and managing operational aspects. Dr. Merzbacher has over two decades of experience leading technology initiatives and partnerships, working across industry, government, nonprofits and academia. Prior to QED-C, she was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a consortium of the semiconductor industry, where she was responsible for developing new initiatives and partnerships with stakeholders in government and the private sector. Previously, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served as Executive Director of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Today, Dr. Merzbacher serves on the board of several of the national Quantum Initiative research centers, startups, and university research centers.


  • As VP, she was responsible for developing new programs and partnerships to grow SRC's research and education impact.

  • She led the establishment of T3S—SRC’s research program focusing on Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems.

  • She also led SRC in attracting and retaining industry members.



  • Dr. Merzbacher began her career as a materials scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C.

  • At the US Naval, her research led to six patents and more than 50 technical publications.

  • She served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

  • She also served on the board of ANSI.

  • Dr. Merzbacher has extensive experience spearheading multidisciplinary R&D in areas of emerging technology.

  • She is an expert in developing public-private partnerships focused on innovation and establishing programs to grow a diverse STEM workforce.