Corporate Partners

The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with industry colleagues to accelerate progress in the field of quantum information. Corporate partners collaborate with CQE scientists and expand career opportunities for the next generation of quantum-ready scientists and engineers.

Together, they advance efforts at the forefront of quantum science and engineering that bridge institutional boundaries.


Engage with Quantum Experts

Corporate partners may engage with CQE members by participating in CQE events, such as workshops, seminars, and the Chicago Quantum Summit, and by visiting CQE member campuses. Through these and other activities, corporate partners develop collaborative science and engineering research projec


Train Future Quantum Scientists and Engineers

Partners connect with CQE students and trainees, providing them with a deeper understanding of and connections to quantum research opportunities outside of academic and national lab settings. Examples include a partnership with IBM for postdoctoral researchers to work closely with scientists across the CQE to advance quantum research and engineering.

Additional research and education opportunities developed with corporate partners include seminars focused on career development and access to internships.

Current Corporate Partners


Core Partners

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems. As part of Boeing’s Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organization, which works on quantum communications and computing, as well as neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing, the company supports collaborative research projects at CQE members institutions.

Scientists from CQE universities collaborating with the IBM Q Network, including the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Northwestern University will work with IBM scientists on software, in particular compilers for distributed quantum systems, as well as quantum transduction for coupling and communicating with quantum computers. This collaboration includes IBM’s support of up to five positions for postdoctoral researchers to work closely with scientists across the CQE to advance quantum research.



Applied Materials, Inc., the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Applied’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale can help enable technology advancements across a broad range of applications.



ColdQuanta, the leader in applying quantum atomic technology. In addition to work in quantum positioning, sensing and communication, the company recently partnered with CQE member institution University of Wisconsin-Madison to apply cold atom technology to quantum computing.

HRL Laboratories, a research and development laboratory that specializes in advancing ultra-high-performance circuitry, robust computing and communications, automated data extraction, and innovative architected materials. HRL’s quantum efforts include investigating spin-based semiconductor qubits as well as interfaces between qubits and photons.

Quantum Opus, which develops novel products and services to enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed and precision. Quantum Opus will support the CQE community through a student internship program and research exchange.


Rigetti Computing is building the world’s most powerful computers to help solve humanity’s greatest problems. Rigetti leverages today’s existing high-power processors and the advanced computational power of quantum chips to accelerate deployment of quantum computing in the near term.

Become a Corporate Partner

The CQE works with each corporate partner to develop individually-tailored engagements that fulfill scientific, educational, and industry needs. To learn more about the partners program, contact