This is Q-Ctrl's first external CxO appointment since the company was founded.
"Aravind's extensive experience in electrical engineering, space technology, business and product strategy make him the ideal fit to take Q-Ctrl to the next level," said Q-Ctrl founder and CEO Professor Michael J. Biercuk.
"We are on an exceptional growth trajectory to become a dominant player in the emerging quantum technology industry, and we are confident Aravind will help us reach our goal."
Ratnam joins Q-Ctrl from Sense Photonics where he worked as head of products.
He previously worked at AEye as vice president of products, Intel's Wind River operation as head of connected vehicle products, IBB as senior consulting manager, and Monitor Deloitte as a senior consultant.
Ratnam started his career as a research engineer at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, a postgraduate diploma in space science from the Indian Space Research Organisation, a master's in physics and space sciences from Florida Institute of Technology, and a master's in engineering and management from MIT.
Ratnam also serves as a board advisor to Solo Secure and Hyperspeci.al.
"I am honored to join the Q-Ctrl team to help grow the company and bring quantum computing closer to reality," said Ratnam.
"Q-Ctrl's technology has endless applications from space to transportation to climate science, and I look forward to being part of the technology's transformative growth."