Eric R. Johnston (“EJ”) is a code optimization specialist with experience in real-time systems and experimental hardware. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, which he paid for by writing computer games for Lucasfilm. In addition to 20 years at LucasArts and ILM, he has worked at NASA Ames Research Center, and performed code optimization for Autodesk, Dell and Google. He started writing his own quantum computation simulator in 1998, and in 2015 became a Postdoc Researcher in Quantum Engineering at University of Bristol Centre for Quantum Photonics, during which he also worked as a flying trapeze instructor.