Helmut Katzgraber is a Senior Practice Manager at Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab.
He was born in Lima, Peru and is of Austrian descent. After growing up in Lima and completing military duties in Austria, he studied physics at ETH Zurich. In 2001 he received his PhD in Physics at the University of California Santa Cruz. After postdoc positions at the University of California Davis and ETH Zurich, in 2007 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship. In 2009 he joined Texas A&M University, receiving an NSF CAREER award in 2011. Between 2015 and 2020 he held the rank of professor before moving to industry. After two years as principal research manager at Microsoft, he joined Amazon Web Services in 2020 as a senior practice manager of the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab. His interests in computational physics are the investigation of disordered systems, algorithms, as well as the study of problems related to novel computing paradigms, such as quantum computing.