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Alumna Nella Ludlow returns to Wright State to lead quantum computing program

By Sandra Helsel posted 05 Apr 2022

(Wright.edu) Wright State University recently announced its new program in quantum computing and that an alumna Nella Ludlow, PhD is leading the new program and also establishing partnerships with the Defense Department. Inside Quantum Technology shares the announcement below.

Wright State University alumna Nella Ludlow, Ph.D., has returned to the university to lead a new program in quantum computing and establish research opportunities between the Air Force and Wright State.
After teaching computer science courses at Wright State as an adjunct professor for several years, Ludlow has joined the university as the director of quantum computing initiatives and research professor of computer science and engineering.
She is responsible for building a research team in quantum computing and pursuing partnerships with the Defense Department, the Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in quantum computing research, education and workforce development.
Ludlow sees numerous opportunities for the Air Force and Wright State to collaborate. For instance, quantum computing can assist the Air Force, which leads the way in quantum computing among the branches of the U.S. military, with encryption and solving complex transportation and logistical challenges.
Wright State can help the Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with staffing by training personnel and students. Ludlow plans to create short courses to introduce quantum computing to active duty and civilian personnel and train engineers to use quantum computers.
Ludlow also sees possibilities for collaborative research between Wright State and the Air Force to investigate new techniques in quantum computing.
“Having a partnership between Wright State and the Air Force is really key because there are so many initiatives. They also need a workforce, and we can provide expertise and consulting,” Ludlow said.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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