(WSU.edu) Washington State University recently joined the Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN), a regional coalition of organizations working to advance quantum information sciences (QIS) that includes IonQ, Microsoft, University of Washington, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
“Through collaborations with NQN partners, WSU will be able to leverage individual researcher expertise to generate advances in quantum computing algorithms, computing, and materials for QIS. This growing ecosystem of QIS research and development will become increasingly critical to our national competitiveness in information technology during the coming century,” said Christopher Keane, WSU vice president for research and vice chancellor for research at the WSU Pullman campus.
The NQN serves as a central hub for a variety of activities to increase QIS research and development, and workforce development in the Northwest. QIS workforce development activities include new curriculum design and training that spans undergraduate to continuing education. The NQN facilitates the coordination of interns with research opportunities in academia, industry, and government.
NQN partners are co-developing hardware and software for quantum computing devices, evaluating new quantum-enabled materials, and creating the curricula that will prepare tomorrow’s students to work in the growing QIS economy. NQN sponsors workshops, symposia and seminar series, bringing together the brightest minds in QIS for intellectual exchange.