D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software, and the world’s only commercial supplier of quantum computers.   D-Wave Government Inc., a U.S. subsidiary, was formed in 2013 to provide D-Wave’s quantum computing systems to the U.S. government. Its independent board includes prominent executives with deep experience at U.S. government agencies including the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Science Board, the Defense Science Board, and the Intelligence Community.

D-Wave’s quantum computers are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA Ames, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. D-Wave has been granted over 160 US patents and has published over 100 scientific papers, many of which have appeared in leading science journals.

D-Wave Government offices are located in Hanover, MD.


René Copeland President, D-Wave Government Inc.

Mr. Copeland is a highly respected technology industry executive. Before leading sales to the U.S. government for D-Wave, he led sales to the U.S. government for SGI, Cray, Platform Computing, and other firms. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, from the United States Military Academy, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bill Bartolone Director of Government Affairs

Mr. Bartolone has worked in government affairs for over 35 years in Washington, DC. During that time he held management positions at leading technology companies including Intel, Cray, and Silicon Graphics. Mr. Bartolone has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and holds a Juris Doctor from George Mason School of Law.

Kent Randolph Director of Contracts and FSO

Mr. Randolph has worked in the Federal contracts and compliance field for over 30 years primarily in the Washington, DC metro area. Prior to joining D-Wave, he led Contracts and Security departments at supercomputer companies ETA Systems, Cray, and SGI Federal. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey K. Harris Board Chair

Jeffrey K. Harris, board chair, has contributed to U.S. national security in both government and industry for 40 years. At Lockheed Martin he was President of Special Programs and President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Harris served as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. Mr. Harris is also the chairman of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and serves on other boards and panels.

Letitia "Tish" Long

Letitia “Tish” Long is the former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. Her other senior executive roles included Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements and Resources), and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. Ms. Long is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and sits on the boards of Raytheon Company, Urthecast Corporation, Noblis, Inc., the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Vern Brownell CEO of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Vern Brownell is CEO of D-Wave Systems Inc., and has led the company through its transition from research into the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. Mr. Brownell joined D-Wave from Egenera, a pioneer of infrastructure virtualization, a company he founded and at which he held executive roles including CEO. Prior to Egenera, Mr. Brownell served as the chief technology officer at Goldman Sachs.

V. Paul Lee Board Chair of D-Wave Systems Inc.

V. Paul Lee is board chair of D-Wave Systems Inc., and founder and managing partner of Vanedge Capital. Mr. Lee was the former president of Electronic Arts and has been a successful angel investor for over 25 years, participating in over $20 billion of market capital growth with these companies.

Don Listwin Director of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Don Listwin is a director of D-Wave Systems Inc., a venture technology investor, and founder of the Canary Foundation, which is dedicated to the science and technology of early cancer detection. Mr. Listwin has over 25 years of operating experience including senior leaderships roles at Cisco Systems and CEO roles at Openwave Systems and Sana Security. He is a consulting professor at Stanford University.

Steven M. West Director of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Steven M. West is a D-Wave Systems Inc. director and a 30-year veteran of the information technology marketplace. Mr. West  is the founder and a partner in Emerging Company Partners LLC, a capital investor and a provider of advisory services to technology firms. Over the course of his career he has held many executive positions in industry including CEO of nCUBE Corporation, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems, and Group Executive of EDS.