(Pickr.au) The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has set up a world first, developing an undergraduate degree in the field of quantum engineering, allowing students keen on entering this field and innovating a place to start.
“As it stands, there simply aren’t enough qualified engineers to fill the jobs needing quantum skills in Australia – or anywhere in the world, in fact,” said Professor Andrea Morello, Scientia Professor at the university, and the driving force behind the degree. “Quantum engineering is the microelectronic and microwave engineering of the 21st century,” he said.
UNSW’s Bachelor of Quantum Engineering should see students learn how areas such as quantum mechanics connect with technology, and to apply that to solve problems. It will connect with circuit design and electronics, as well as communication and networks, helping not just students jump into this new and complex area, but the nation, as well.
“Quantum technology is set to transform electronics, communications, computation, sensing and other fields. It will create new markets, new applications and new jobs in Australia,” said Dr Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist at the CSIRO, the government’s leading research body for science.