Nicole Bellonzi

Nicole Bellonzi, Ph.D.

Quantum Application Scientist, Professional Services

Nicole Bellonzi received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her research focused on algorithm development of electronic structure methods and algorithms for efficient excited state dynamics of molecular systems. She then moved to Chicago, where she spent two years with McKinsey & Company as an associate, where she focused on strategy and client-focused transformations across industries.

Question & Answer

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

‘Just try it’ – when I wanted to understand why a calculation worked a specific way, I was told, just try it the other way and see what happens. Sometimes the best way to gain intuition around how something works is to try something (thoughtfully) and learn from it.

What are people often surprised to know about you?

I’m actually an introvert – I love getting to spend time with people and can come off as a big extrovert, but at the end of the day, I need some quiet time to recharge.