Alicia Kollár is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. She is also a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute. Kollár leads a research group that focuses on using novel coplanar waveguide lattice techniques and graph theory to design and realize microwave photonic crystals with unusual structures such as gapped flat bands and spatial curvature. They plan to combine these structures with multimode/waveguide circuit QED to engineer quantum simulators of lattice and spin models. She received her doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University in 2016.