Koen Bertels is Professor in Computer Engineering at the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science where he is responsible for the new department Quantum and Computer Engineering. Koen works on computer engineering aspects of realizing a quantum computer. His group investigates the challenges of system design and architecture. The focus is primarily on scaling challenges, assuming that a large number of qubits are available and investigating how they can be efficiently used and controlled. Koen’s group also collaborates with experimental physicists in QuTech’s fault tolerant computing roadmap who are developing a quantum processor. He also contributes to the development of the control electronics. He is excited about quantum computing because a quantum computer is the ultimate accelerator giving access to problem domains that are currently out of scope in conventional computing. The fact that quantum computing is still very early stage technology makes it especially attractive.