Pratik Sathe is a physicist by training, and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in 2017, and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018. Pratik is currently a physics PhD candidate at UCLA, with a focus on theoretical and mathematical physics. Specifically, he is exploring the connection between the localization properties of electronic wavefunctions and band topology, in materials known as topological insulators, which are a class of crystalline materials. In 2020, Pratik was awarded the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering fellowship by UCLA for studying how entanglement entropy grows in quantum circuits. Pratik is also a Dissertation Year Fellow and a Bhaumik Graduate Fellow at UCLA. Outside of work, Pratik likes to observe and take photos of birds, and go for small hikes. At SRI International this summer, Pratik is a quantum benchmarking intern, focusing on implementing new and enhancing several existing application-oriented benchmark programs and techniques.