Alexia Auffèves is a CNRS senior scientist at Institut Néel, Grenoble, France. She did her PhD in the group of S. Haroche, where she fabricated Schrödinger cat states of light. She was hired at CNRS in 2005 to realize quantum optics experiments with semiconducting quantum dots. She then took a theoretical turn. She is expert in quantum thermodynamics and quantum technologies, and works closely with experimentalists and theorists worldwide. She has been heading the Grenoble ecosystem for quantum science and technology since 2017.