Johnpierre Paglione has seeded a world-class effort on quantum materials research at UMD, leading the collaborations of several faculty that have brought Maryland to the forefront of research on superconductivity, topological materials and strongly correlated systems. Having contributed to several fields of experimental condensed matter research through both single-crystal synthesis and ultra-low temperature transport, thermodynamic and spectroscopic exploration of novel phenomena, Paglione’s research is a blend of materials exploration and elucidation of quantum phenomena. As Director of the Maryland Quantum Materials Center, with a membership of over 100 personnel, a state-of-the-art materials synthesis facility and an extensive measurement suite, Paglione commits QMC resources to hosting the annual Fundamentals of Quantum Materials Winter School, a successful hands-on training program and basis for this work. Paglione is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy, is a Materials Synthesis Fellow in the EPiQS program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a Fellow of the Quantum Materials Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Dr. Paglione earned his PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada.