About ColdQuanta

ColdQuanta leads the market in commercializing quantum atomics, the next wave of the information age. The company grew out of decades of research in atomic physics by Professor Dana Anderson and his work at JILA.

Based on the company’s Quantum Core technology, ColdQuanta manufactures components, instruments, and turnkey systems that address a broad spectrum of applications. These range from timekeeping and navigation to quantum computing, and from radiofrequency (RF) receivers to quantum communications systems.

ColdQuanta’s global customers include major commercial and defense companies, all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, national labs operated by the Department of Energy, NASA, and NIST, and major universities. ColdQuanta is based in Boulder, CO with offices in Madison, Wisconsin, and Oxford, UK.


Robert “Bo” Ewald, President and CEO

Bo Ewald has a long history with leading technology organizations, government projects, and industry efforts. He brings a tremendous amount of experience with quantum technologies sector having served as President of D-Wave Systems and as a founding member of the Quantum Industry Coalition. Prior to D-Wave, Bo had a number of roles at supercomputing leader Cray Research including President, COO and CTO and also led several start-up companies  including Linux Networx, e-Stamp, and Perceptive Pixel. He started his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and ran the Computing Division at the laboratory for several years.

Bo has served on the Boards of Directors of several public and private companies and was appointed to the President’s Information Technology Advisory Council by both the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Professor Dana Z. Anderson, Co-founder and CTO

Dana Anderson is co-founder and a former CEO of ColdQuanta. He currently serves as CTO of ColdQuanta, is a Fellow of JILA, and Professor in the Dept. Of Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Dana is also Director of the Quantum Applied Science and Engineering (QASE) at CU Boulder. Since 1993 he has been involved in guiding and manipulating cold and ultracold atoms. He and his collaborators Professor Carl Wieman and Dr. Eric Cornell (2001 Nobel Laureates in Physics) first demonstrated guiding of cold atoms through hollow core optical fibers in the mid-1990’s. Dana and Dr. Cornell performed many of the earliest works guiding cold atoms on an “atom chip”, including the first demonstration of a chip-based atom Michelson interferometer. Professor Anderson’s group demonstrated the first ultracold atom chip portable vacuum system in 2004, and has been heavily involved in DoD-funded activities to develop ultracold atom chip systems.

Paul Schroeter, COO

Paul Schroeter leads ColdQuanta’s R&D, operations, and engineering teams. His record of success includes technology start-ups to $500 million public companies. As COO at Neophotonics Corp., a leading manufacturer of components for fiber optic networks, Paul grew the company from a 25-person materials research startup to an industry leader with over 2,300 employees and more than $100 million in annual revenue. Earlier in his career,  Paul was VP of Operations and Engineering at Read-Rite and transformed it from a struggling small company into the largest independent supplier of thin-film computer disk heads with $500 million in revenue. More recently, Paul served as COO at Sielo/Terralux Corp. (LED Lighting and cloud-based IOT building intelligence) and at Ampulse Corp. (thin-film solar photovoltaics).

Paul received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

René Copeland, VP Sales and Marketing

René Copeland joined ColdQuanta after 5 years at D-Wave Systems, the first quantum computing company. At D-Wave he was president of the D-Wave Government subsidiary, responsible for sales of quantum computers into U.S. government agencies and U.S. universities. Prior to D-Wave he spent a highly successful career in sales and marketing in the high-performance computing market with Cray, SGI and IBM.

René served on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army where among other things he flew Army helicopters. He is a retired Army Lt Col, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. René served as a member of the board of Minnesota Public Radio.  He also advises several technology and market research organizations on sales and marketing strategies.

Joan Wright, CFO

Joan Wright has been with ColdQuanta since 2012, bringing stringent oversight to the company’s finances and government contract accounting. She has streamlined and professionalized the company’s financial processes. Prior to ColdQuanta, Joan was CFO at Architectural Energy during its growth from $5 million to $13 million and through acquisition.  She also previously held the position of CFO at ESource, through its growth to $150 million in revenue and its sale to Financial Times Energy.

Seema Hess, Manager HR and Communications

Seema Hess has led human resources at ColdQuanta since its inception in 2007. Today she focuses on recruiting, compensation, and retention strategies, as well as managing personnel. As a founding employee she is involved in many aspects of the company such as strategic planning, budgeting, business development, marketing, corporate governance, and compliance. She received a BA Honors degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has previously worked in the environmental law field in the US and in the luxury goods field in Paris.