Could quantum technology be New Mexico’s next economic boon?
(EurAsiaReview) New Mexico leaders are moving to establish the state as a national hub for quantum technology. IQT News shares recent initiatives here as reported by EurasiaReview.
Science, education and economic development leaders across New Mexico have formed a coalition to bring future quantum computing jobs to the state. Sandia National Laboratories, The University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced the new coalition at UNM during the Quantum New Mexico Symposium.
“Quantum technology is going to change the world someday, and it’s going to bring with it high-paying, high-value jobs. New Mexico already has intellectual capital and world-class research facilities. We can bring in industry, too. We can change the outlook of our state by establishing New Mexico as a national hub for this high-tech sector,” said Sandia’s Rick Muller, senior manager over advanced microsystems.
Ivan Deutsch, Regents’ Professor and director of UNM’s Center for Quantum Information and Control said, “The Quantum New Mexico Coalition (QNM-C) has the goal of a broad partnership across New Mexico, including our major research university, tribal colleges and community colleges, as well as national laboratories and industry.”
The coalition is supported by more than 30 colleges, businesses, labs and nonprofit organizations that operate in the Land of Enchantment.
“Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a world leader in quantum science for decades,” said John Sarrao, Deputy Laboratory Director for science, technology and engineering. “The state of New Mexico is poised to benefit from quantum capabilities and technologies at Los Alamos and at our fellow institutions. We share a commitment to collaborative quantum research and development that engages and uplifts the broader communities and industries of our home state.”
Sandia and UNM additionally formed the Quantum New Mexico Institute yesterday, a joint research and education initiative that will create opportunities to build New Mexico’s local quantum economy, develop a quantum-ready workforce and collaborate with leading institutions.
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.