Arizona State University has announced the launch of a major 21st century initiative called the Quantum Collaborative, poised to make a significant impact on society and the US economy by introducing new discoveries and applications in advanced quantum technology.
Quantum technology has the potential to change everything from computing, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, communications, and beyond. It has kicked off an international contest, the likes of which have not been seen since the space race. ASU is joining scores of nations, companies, and universities striving to realize its potential.
The state-funded initiative is globally oriented and aims to promote understanding of the technology and forge partnerships to advance it. The Quantum Collaborative is a broad endeavor consisting of a community of companies, academic institutions, startups, and initiatives cooperating across several strategic areas to deliver incremental advances across the emerging quantum technology landscape, as well as develop training and education for the future quantum workforce.
CR8DL, an artificial intelligence and cloud computing company, is one of the founding industry partners interested in quantum simulator optimization and quantum combined with high-performance computing. Along with industry partnerships, the Quantum Collaborative is forging connections with leading academic institutions. Founding academic partners include Purdue University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Virginia Tech, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
One of the objectives of the Quantum Collaborative is to solve the silo effect by aligning research and development efforts to create joint initiatives and mechanisms for knowledge exchange. The collaborative aims to develop a robust talent pipeline for a quantum-enabled economy by creating certifications, upskilling opportunities, and modified degree programs.
In addition to assembling this collection of universities and companies to cooperate on quantum technology initiatives, the Quantum Collaborative recently joined the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) and is developing relationships with prospective international partners.
The initiative recognizes the need for workforce and education program development, a goal that ASU and other academic partners are well-positioned to achieve. With the largest engineering school in the nation, ASU is also mobilizing significant resources to address a widespread need for quantum workforce development across many skill areas such as engineering, chemistry, materials science, human performance, communications, and manufacturing.
The Quantum Collaborative is funded by the Arizona Board of Regents through an addition to Arizona’s Technology Research Initiative Fund (TRIF). This funding also supports ASU’s enrollment in the Quantum Economic Development Consortium. The TRIF investment has enabled hands-on training for tens of thousands of students across Arizona’s universities, thousands of scientific discoveries and patented technologies, and hundreds of new start-up companies. Publicly supported through voter approval, TRIF is an essential resource for growing Arizona’s economy and providing opportunities for Arizona residents to work, learn, and thrive.