Training and Education

As the field of quantum information continues to expand, so will the demand for quantum engineers in industry, government, and at universities.

As one of the first programs in the nation to offer graduate degrees in quantum engineering, UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is a leader in developing a quantum workforce. The IME offers both an undergraduate major and a graduate student training program; many of these students participate in collaborations at Fermilab and Argonne. Both labs are also home to hundreds of postdoctoral researchers working in every field.

Former students in the IME’s quantum engineering program have gone on to careers with leading organizations such as Google, IBM, and Intel.

Educating tomorrow’s quantum engineers

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, through the University of Chicago and its partners, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, offers undergraduate and graduate students access to world-class expertise and research facilities in quantum science and engineering.

UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering, which leads the effort, has forged a new kind of engineering program since its founding in 2011. Instead of being organized around traditional disciplines, IME focuses on confronting societal problems at the molecular level by drawing specialists from multiple disciplines. This same unconventional strategy permeates IME’s approach to educating and training quantum engineers—a new type of engineer to build a new type of technology.

IME’s quantum engineering program is currently home to more than 100 postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students. Specialized training opportunities includes access on UChicago’s campus to the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, which houses a suite of tools that can fabricate complex, integrated electronic, mechanical and fluidic structures.

Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network

The CQE further helps to develop a national workforce of quantum scientists and engineers through the Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-Net). Launched with support from the National Science Foundation and in partnership with Harvard University, QISE-Net enables approximately 20 students to conduct their doctoral research jointly with industry or a national laboratory.

The program pairs graduate students with both an academic adviser and a collaborator from a leading technology company or national laboratory. Over the course of four years, the “triplets” will each address a pressing research question for both academia and industry. The students serve as the principal “communicators-in-residence” at both universities and industry, translating ideas into research results.

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