Notre Dame to join Indiana coalition to develop quantum technologies

The University of Notre Dame is joining efforts to establish a National Science Foundation-backed quantum research center that will bring dozens of scientists from four Indiana universities and industry together to tackle applied research in the field.

The new Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) will be established through the NSF’s Industry-University Cooperative Research program with Purdue University as the lead institution. Academic partners include Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). Industry partners provide research funding to the center’s scientists and gain early access to findings applicable to their businesses.

“Notre Dame is excited to be a partner in the CQT. Our faculty covers a broad swath of quantum technologies and the CQT will provide both a glue to stimulate cross-disciplinary research and opportunities to understand the specific problems that industry sees as most difficult. In addition, the CQT efforts will provide our students with additional skills that will allow them to work in the quantum industry after graduation,” said Peter M. Kogge, Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame.

The Center for Quantum Technologies will build on Notre Dame’s ability to deliver world-class, precompetitive research due to its strong external partnerships, solid avenues for workforce development, and multiple research centers with significant relevance to quantum technologies, including the ASCENT Center, the Center for Research Computing, and the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society.

The CQT will include quantum engineering and science researchers from all partner institutions who will develop and transfer foundational knowledge into industry-friendly quantum devices, systems, and algorithms with enhanced functionality and performance. Additionally, the CQT will help train the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers to fill the need for a robust quantum workforce. Students engaged with the CQT will take on many of the responsibilities of a principal investigator, including drafting proposals, presenting research updates to industry members, and planning meetings and workshops.

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— Sarah E. Anderson, Notre Dame Center for Research Computing