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"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman"

Universities Space Research Association


University of Grenoble

Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

Carnegie Mellon University

Languages: English, Italian, French

Dr. Davide Venturelli


Green Sands Equity

Location: San Francisco | Miami

Davide Venturelli is currently Associate Director for Quantum Computing of the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). He has worked since 2012 in the NASA Quantum AI Laboratory (QuAIL) under the NASA Academic Mission Service, invested in research projects dealing with quantum optimization applications and their implementation in a hardware-software co-design approach. He has authored more than 40 publications and 9 patents on the subject of AI, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Computing, and Robotics. He teaches Quantum Integer Programming as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University Tepper's School of Business. He has experience winning, managing, and leading multi-million dollar R&D projects as Principal Investigator or co-PI, sponsored by DARPA, NSF, and DOE. He is the co-lead of the Ecosystem task of the National Quantum Initiative Superconducting Quantum Materials and System (SQMS) Center at Fermi National Laboratory. In 2021 he was elected member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) steering committee, the organism coordinating 100+ companies involved in building the supply chain for the emergent quantum technology industry.

Since 2014 he has been collaborating with early-stage tech startups and VC funds on AI and fintech applications and has been a mentor of acceleration programs by Singularity University, Alchemist, Techstars.

Before moving to Silicon Valley in 2012, he obtained his Ph.D. at the International School for Advanced Scientific Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the University of Grenoble and worked as a postdoc at the Normale School in Pisa.

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