Instructor Bios

Priya Angara

Priya Angara is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science supervised by Dr. Hausi Müller and Dr. Ulrike Stege. She completed her Master's at UVic in December 2018. Her research includes quantum computing and quantum algorithms. She has been at the University of Victoria as a Teaching and Research Assistant since 2015, organized Ideafest (2018, 2019), and developed and delivered a 1-day workshop on Quantum Computing for high-school students in January 2020. She is also an instructor for HighTechU.

Ulrike Stege

Dr. Ulrike Stege is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, and a co-founder and co-director of HighTechU, an innovative learning community & skills incubator for high-school-aged youth to make connections, build professional skills, and explore diverse education and career pathways related to technology--based in UVic's Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Stege holds a Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Freiburg in Germany and a Doctorate in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Dr. Stege’s research interest is in algorithm development and includes techniques from the parameterized complexity and quantum computing toolkits. In addition, Dr. Stege is interested in interdisciplinary research including bioinformatics, human problems solving and K-12 instructional pedagogy.

Andrew MacLean

Andrew MacLean is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of HighTechU, a technology skills incubator for high-school students based in the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Engineering. An educator and BC certified teacher with more than 10 years’ experience developing and delivering curriculum in learning environments across Canada, Andrew is currently pursuing his Master of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria, exploring how competency-based assessment can be implemented in the K-12 STEM Classroom.

Tom Markham

Mr. Markham is an Engineering Fellow serving as a systems engineer for Honeywell Quantum Solutions. This role encompasses a broad scope involving system architecture, technology roadmaps and system operation. His has 35 years of computer industry experience which includes 20 years with Honeywell. Mr. Markham has contributed to workshops inside and outside of Honeywell. He has been an organizer/contributor for sessions within the Honeywell Technology Symposium. These sesions include Technologies of the Future, poster sessions and solution oriented multi-day workshops. He is named as inventor or co-inventor on 20 patents. He has served as a reviewer for multiple technical journals/conferences and is author or co-author on 10 publications. His roles have included principle investigator on DARPA/DOE programs and system engineer. Mr. Markham received a DARPA Industrial Technology Transition Award from Dr. Doug Maughan for the Autonomic Distributed/Embedded Firewall. Mr. Markham holds a BSEE University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, Magna cum Laude 1984

Jim Knodel

Jim Knodel is a Principal Engineer at Honeywell Quantum Solutions, where he architects, designs, and implements controls for the current and next generation Honeywell Quantum computers. Jim has 30 years of experience as an electrical engineer designing microchips and electronic circuits. He has developed systems across many industries including quantum information, semiconductor, computer, and precision timing. His background is in both small and large companies including Advanced Energy, Quantum, Microsemi, Micron, and Meggitt. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University.