Dr. Thierry Botterhas been a member of Airbus’ Central Technology Office (CTO) since 2014. He is currently establishing and heading a new department dedicated to basic research, Airbus Blue Sky. He also leads the Airbus-CTO’s Optronics Research Team, with activities in the fields of communication and sensing. Dr. Botter has a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral research work focused on topics adjacent to quantum computing, specifically quantum optics and atomic physics. Dr. Botter conducted world-leading experimental work on quantum cavity optomechanics with ultracold atoms. This work included the first demonstration of force sensing at the standard quantum limit and the first demonstration of ponderomotive squeezing. Prior to joining Airbus, Dr. Botter was a Scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Quantum Sciences and Technology Group. He actively contributed to the development of the JPL’s quantum-based gravity gradiometer. Dr. Botter has co-authored 5 publications in the area of quantum physics, including high-profile publications in the journals NatureandScience.