Jessica Pointing has conducted quantum computing research at Stanford University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently a PhD student specializing in quantum computing at Stanford and has been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Fellowship. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Physics and Computer Science, with high honors and as a member of the academic honors society Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University after spending her first two years of university studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
She founded the Stanford Quantum Computing Association and the Harvard College Quantum Computing Association. Jessica was the winner (audience vote) for the Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition. Jessica has interned as a software engineer at Google, management consultant at McKinsey & Company, investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and strategist at Morgan Stanley. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Optimize Guide, a blog about life optimization, and founded the ‘Now Know’ Organization, which received funding from Google to teach technology to young people.
She has been awarded the McKinsey Women's Impact Award, MIT Award for Distinguished Achievement in Leadership, and has been named a Google Anita Borg Scholar and John Harvard Scholar (top 5% of class). She is also a Microsoft Scholar, Palantir Scholar, Adobe Research Scholar, Morgan Stanley Scholar, Goldman Sachs Scholar, Society of Women Engineers Scholar and Society of Geophysicists Scholar.