XSEDE Scholars Program 2012-2013
Erika Jones is a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University in the Computational Sciences and Informatics Program. Her concentration is computational physics. She is researching how (a) features of quantum information science might inspire new designs in writing genetic algorithms (GAs) which can run on conventional/classical computers and (b) GAs might be designed specifically for running on quantum computing hardware yet to be realized. Through the federal Student Career Experience Program, she also works part-time as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Before going back to school for her second undergraduate degree—a B.S. in computer and information science—she worked in engineering in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. She also holds a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in chemical physics.