Globalizing Quantum-Secured Communication We build light­-based modular devices capable of transmitting, storing, and receiving encrypted information for large-area ultrasecure networks. These devices work based on principles of quantum physics, prohibiting observation of the data without notifying the sender/recipient.

Mehdi Namazi

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Namazi has extensive experience in developing and improving quantum memory prototypes and light-matter interfaces. He has worked on critical aspects of quantum technologies, amongst others realizing the first unconditional room-temperature quantum memory, securely storing information using a combination of quantum memory and Quantum Key Distribution protocols and simulating relativistic quantum particles using light-matter interactions.

Eden Figueroa

Scientific Lead

Prof. Figueroa is an expert in the implementation and characterization of quantum memories. His unique expertise and state-of-the-art room-temperature quantum memories built in his research laboratory are one of the technological pillars of Qunnect. Among his achievements: first room-temperature quantum memory for squeezed light, first quantum memory using single atoms in optical cavities, and recently, the first high-fidelity room-temperature memory for polarization qubits.

Mael Flament

Engineering Lead

Background in instrumentation development for science. Previous experience includes work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, CERN, & NASA. He has an M.Sc. in physics from Stony Brook University and complementary engineering background with expertise in designing and optimizing industrial-level technologies derived from academia innovations. More recently, he developed a new generation of compact light-matter interfaces for scalable quantum networks.

Ray Farrell


Co-founder and senior partner of Carter, DeLuca & Farrell, LLP, a leader in intellectual property law, with extensive experience in advising U.S. and international clients of all sizes on the effective development and utilization of their patent and trademark portfolios. He serves as strategic advisor and mentor to Qunnect.

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Robert Brill


Co-founder and managing partner of Newlight Management and holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University. Before Newlight, Bob was a general partner of Poly Ventures venture capital fund. He is on the board of directors of the L.I. Angel network and the L.I. High Tech Incubator. He has served on the board of directors of multiple public and private companies. He has also served as general manager of Harris Corporation’s CMOS Semiconductor Division and held various technical and management positions at IBM’s semiconductor operation. He is a founding member of the technical advisory board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Avril Coakley


BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manhattanville College. Began her business career performing market analysis in the mortgage finance and energy trading industries. Over the past 30 years, she has acquired a unique and diverse business background with experience working for large international banking, trading, and software development companies in NY, CT, & TX, as well as a small business owner and operator for 14 years in the allied healthcare sectors in NM.

Yacov Shamash


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Vice President for Economic Development at Stony Brook University, supervising more than a dozen programs assisting almost 300 companies annually. He is a member of the board of directors of the public technology companies Applied DNA Sciences, Comtech Telecommunications Corp., and Keytronic. He has served on the boards of numerous private tech companies and is a board member of the Long-Island Software and Technology Network and the Long Island Angel Network. From ’92 to ’15 he served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SBU.

Ann-Marie Scheidt


Director of Economic Development at Stony Brook University. She chairs the Business Incubator Association of New York State and is a former President of Women Economic Developers of Long Island. She is a director of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, serving New York’s third largest town; the Hauppauge Industrial Association, representing the largest industrial park in the Northeast; Long Island High Technology Incubator Inc., which oversees the region’s oldest new business incubator facility; the Long Island Angel Network; and the Composites Prototyping Center.

Val Zwiller


Professor of Engineering Sciences at KTH Stockholm and Chief Science Officer of Single Quantum. He is one of the few quantum scientists that have successfully brought table-top quantum inventions into commercialized products. Single Quantum has single photon detector systems in the United States, Europe, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Australia, Israel, and South America…