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Ohio State establishes Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering

By Sandra Helsel posted 27 Apr 2022

(OhioStateUniversity) The Ohio State University recently announced it is establishing the Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (CQISE), building on the momentum around a discipline with far-reaching economic and societal impacts. IQT-News summarizes below.

“I am pleased to announce a new Ohio State Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering, where our scientists and engineers will use the properties of quantum mechanics to transform communications, computation and sensing,” said Kristina M. Johnson, president of Ohio State, during her State of the University address on April 21.
The new center will focus not only on creating synergy among the university’s current activity, but look to build on Ohio State’s emergence as a key leader in pushing the field forward. In July 2021, Ohio State joined the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology. Then in September, the QuSTEAM initiative led by Ohio State was awarded $5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a diverse, effective and contemporary quantum-ready workforce by revolutionizing and creating more equitable pathways to quantum science education.
The center has established goals in research, teaching and outreach and is already developing strategies that support development of the quantum ecosystem at the university. Work is already underway to develop training programs and short courses to train researchers in the scope and use of critical quantum-relevant tools and create seed funding to support interdisciplinary quantum research.
These efforts are being further enhanced by an aggressive faculty recruitment effort, including ongoing searches in computer science and engineering, and an interdisciplinary search for two positions across five departments, including physics, chemistry, computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and materials science and engineering.
Co-directors for the center are Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics, and Ronald M. Reano, professor in the College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“The inherently interdisciplinary nature of the field necessitates this type of institution-level response,” said Johnston-Halperin. “By increasing collaboration among our best minds in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, engineering and more, we can solve complex, societal challenges through advancing quantum science.”
<https://news.osu.edu/ohio-state-establishes-center-for-quantum-information-science-and-engineering/>

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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