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University of Michigan Establishes $55M Quantum Research Institute

Organization aims to improve research partnerships between partners in industry, government and academia

John Potter

June 2, 2023

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The university aims to bring together existing quantum expertise from across departments. University of Michigan
The university aims to bring together existing quantum expertise from across departments. University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is investing $55 million in staffing and lab space to establish a new Quantum Research Institute to improve research partnerships between partners in industry, government and academia.

The university aims to bring together existing quantum expertise from its physics, electrical engineering, computer science and materials science departments and plans to hire up to eight new faculty members.

Over the next six months, the institute aims to foster quantum research advancements across various disciplines by designating twenty university faculty members as fellows who will be entrusted with the task of formulating and implementing a strategic plan. The endeavor is a collaborative effort led by the vice president for research, the college of engineering and the college of literature, science, and the arts.

The institute builds upon the university's existing expertise in studying quantum materials and light. It will run a research incubator to help the faculty compete for significant external grants that advance research ideas. It will also offer services and resources, including seed funding, to faculty members.

“Advances in quantum science, engineering and technology could yield new ways of addressing some of society’s most pressing challenges in areas such as sensing, information transmission and security, computing and AI,” said dean of engineering Alec Gallimore.

“Building on the University of Michigan’s expertise in quantum photonics and materials, this institute will help accelerate the fundamental discoveries, develop the technological applications, and educate the talented workforce that will enable quantum technology to reach its potential.”

Beyond quantum research, the institute will also seek opportunities to add new courses to the academic program that will help students prepare for the quantum workforce.

This article first appeared on IoT World Today's sister site, Enter Quantum

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