Dr. Byrd's primary research is in the areas of quantum computing, computer architecture, and high-performance parallel systems. He is interested in mechanisms which reduce communication overhead in parallel and distributed systems.

He is the associate director of the IBM Quantum Innovation Center at NC State, and vice chair of the IEEE-CS Quantum Technical Community (QTC). He is a founding co-organizer of the IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering and has served as general chair, technical program chair, and finance chair.

Before joining NC State, Dr. Byrd was a principal scientist at Celotek Corporation, where he developed software and protocols for the CellCase family of encryptors for ATM networks. He also worked at MCNC, in both the NC Supercomputing Center and the High Performance Computation and Communications group.


  • Ph.D. 1998
    Electrical Engineering
    Stanford University
  • Master's 1985
    Electrical Engineering
    Stanford University
  • Bachelor's 1984
    Computer Engineering
    Clemson University

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