Dr. Patrick Dreher is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Physics at NC State.  

In 2018 NCSU became the first university in North America to establish an IBM Q Hub as part of the global IBM Q Network, a collaboration between IBM and top Fortune 500 companies, national research labs and leading universities to advance quantum computing.  In January  2019, the University appointed him as the Chief Scientist for the NC State IBM Q Hub tasked with advancing NC State’s quantum computing research and education initiatives.   He also currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Data Science Initiative at the University.

Dr. Dreher has also held significant R&D management positions in academia at MIT and NC State, in government at DoE research labs and in industry supporting the DoD high performance computing programs in science and engineering.  He has served on numerous peer review panels for the Department of Energy, the DoD HPC Modernization Program and the National Science Foundation including the NSF Taskforce Advisory Committee on Campus Cyberinfrastructure. 

Research Areas

  • Quantum Computing


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                     Physics  Minor  Math   B. S.                 June 1975

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                     Physics                        M. S.                 June 1976

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                     R&D Management       M.B.A.           August 1977

University of Illinois,  Urbana                          Physics                        Ph.D.             October 1991


  • IBM Faculty Award - 2009, 2010, 2016