(HPC.Wire) The Chicago Quantum Exchange launched the inaugural session of a new Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology last fall. The initial session of the four-day intensive program, which is taught by faculty from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, brought together 34 career scientists and engineers seeking a deeper understanding of the basics of quantum information science and its applications. A second session is planned for April 2021.
When the Chicago Quantum Exchange announced the Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology, Jonathan Trousdale, chief technology officer at surgical robotics company OrthoSensor, jumped at the chance to sign up.
“It was a brave thing to do for a prestigious university like University of Chicago because it’s the first program to transition quantum science into the hands of engineers
Aashish Clerk, professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, speaks with Nicolas Didier from Rigetti Computing. Clerk is an instructor for the Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology. Credit: Anne Ryan and other professionals living outside academia in the commercial sector,” he says. “It allowed me to participate in a meaningful way in this oncoming shift towards quantum technologies.”
The need for a quantum-ready workforce with an understanding of applied quantum technologies expands to almost all sectors. Companies in the communications, electronics, optics, and materials industries, in particular, need employees with an understanding of this growing arena. In just quantum computing, the market is expected to nearly triple in size by 2024 to $830 million.