Dillard joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, nation’s first quantum education and research initiative focused on driving diversity and skills development in quantum computing
Dr. Abdalla Darwish, lead investigator of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Computing Center project,
uses a double and triple laser ablation to form nanocomposite materials. Photo: Sabree
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2021
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NEW ORLEANS — Today, Dillard University is announcing that it has joined the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, the nation’s first quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities aimed at driving quantum skills development and building a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. Dillard University is one of 10 newly added institutions that comprise the 24 HBCUs that have joined the Center to date. As part of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, Dillard University will have access to IBM quantum computers on the cloud, as well as opportunities for joint collaboration on research, education, and community outreach programs.
Theodore Callier, assistant vice president for Dillard’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, notes that the University has expanded its laser and nanoscience capabilities while developing new technologies and materials. “Collaborating with the IBM/HBCU Quantum Computing Center will help Dillard to significantly expand our research capacity even further. This research will also complement current Department of Defense sponsored research underway by Dillard faculty and students,” said Callier.
“With our capabilities in fabricating nanocomposite materials with double and triple PLD (Pulsed Laser Deposition) systems, this partnership will help us to explore the fabrication of the ‘Qubit’ (the basic unit of quantum information) and open a new horizon for our STEM faculty and students,” said Dr. Abdalla Darwish, presidential professor, professor of physics and lead investigator of the project. “This IBM/HBCU consortium will support our growth in quantum computing with resources and access to data and training,” he said. “It gives our faculty and students a new pathway which is critical to national security and workforce development.”
Driving a Diverse and Inclusive Quantum Workforce
Established in September 2020, the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future. It emphasizes the power of community and focuses on developing students through support and funding for research opportunities, curriculum development, workforce advocacy, and special projects.
IBM continues to deliver on the Center’s goal to build a sustainable quantum research and education program by increasing the number of Black students educated in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), strengthening research efforts of faculty at HBCUs in QISE, providing opportunities for scholarships, fellowships and internships, and empowering HBCUs to lead in the quantum workforce and broader Black communities.
"IBM’s priority in launching the Center is to support and facilitate quantum research and education for HBCU faculty and students as part of the growing quantum workforce,” said Dr. Kayla Lee, Product Manager for Community Partnerships, IBM Quantum. “We’re proud to continue building on the momentum of the founding institutions and looking forward to collaborating with Dillard University to build a quantum future.”
- In addition to Dillard University, the other nine universities joining the IBM-HBCU
Quantum Center today, include:
Alabama State University
- Bowie State University
- Delaware State University
- Florida A&M University
- Norfolk State University
- North Carolina Central University
- South Carolina State University
- Spelman College
- Tennessee State University
- University of the District of Columbia
The 24 HBCUs participating in the Center were prioritized based on their research and education focus in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other STEM fields. For more information about the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, read HBCU Center Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum Computing.
About IBM Quantum
IBM Quantum is an industry-first initiative to build universal quantum computing systems for business and science applications. For more information about IBM's quantum computing efforts, please visit www.ibm.com/quantum-computing.
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