Dr. Deutsch KRQE interview screen capture

UNM paves the road into the future for Quantum Information Science

UNM was invited to the White House Academic Roundtable on Quantum Information Science on May 31, 2019 to discuss the “significant role that academia plays in Quantum Information Science and its impact on America’s prosperity and security.”

UNM was one of only 25 universities invited to participate at the White House Academic Roundtable on Quantum Information Science on May 31, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the “significant role that academia plays in Quantum Information Science and its impact on America’s prosperity and security.”

UNM has been a pioneer of QIS since the field emerged 25 years ago and is poised to make some of the most innovative technological advancements in QIS through partnerships with Sandia National Labs and Los Alamos National Lab.

Ivan Deutsch, director of the UNM Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC), believes Quantum Information Science will revolutionize the world, from computing to technology to cybersecurity.

“The most exciting thing about the future of QIS is the chance to realize many of our theoretical ideas,” he says. “It’s a grand challenge for science and technology to make this happen—hence the NQI.”

“We are planning a multidisciplinary graduate research and education program that includes Physics & Astronomy, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Our goal is to build a ‘quantum smart workforce’ and have applied to the National Science Foundation for a new grant to do so,” Deutsch said about UNM’s role in the future. “We are building capacity to join forces with our partners to build new QIS centers. In short, UNM will build on its pioneering role to be at the center of the second quantum revolution.”

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CQuIC Graduate Matt Curry Continuing Work at Sandia

Since graduation in Spring 2019 with a Ph.D. in Physics, Matt Curry started a staff position at Sandia National Laboratories, continuing research similar to his graduate school research at Sandia. Matt looks forward to furthering the development of semiconducting qubits and collaborating with internal and external groups. He also looks forward to staying in town and living in the scenic Sandia foothills right next to many trails!
Matt misses the flexible work hours of graduate student life. He will also miss friends as they graduate UNM and leave to new experiences. “It’s certainly nice that I can still attend CQuIC meetings and seminars, since I’m only 20 minutes away.” Congratulations to Matt Curry!

CQuIC Spring 2019 Graduates

The Spring 2019 Convocation ceremony for Physics and Astronomy graduates was celebrated on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Regener Hall Auditorium. Three CQuIC students participated in Convocation: Ezad Shojaee, Matthew Curry, and Gopikrishnan Muraleedharan for the degree of Ph.D. degrees in Physics. Regents’ Professor and Director of CQuIC, Ivan Deutsch served as their official Ph.D. Advisor and mentor in quantum information science during their years of doctoral study. Matthew Curry worked under the supervision Drs. Steven Carr and Malcolm Carroll, UNM CQuIC Associate Faculty at Sandia National Labs.

The CQuIC team of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and staff offer congratulations and best wishes to our graduates.

Deutsch receives APS Five Sigma Physicist Award

In April, 2019, the American Physical Society (APS) awarded Regents’ Professor and CQuIC Director, Ivan Deutsch the APS Five Sigma Physicist Award, “a pin awarded to APS members who exhibit outstanding advocacy work in addressing science policy issues.”  Prof. Deutsch was selected as an award recipient because of his “multiple advocacy actions” and communication with the APS Office of Government Affairs throughout the year.  Prof. Deutsch’s service was especially impactful in:

  • Meeting with U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s staff concerning problematic language in the original National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act
  • Stating a willingness to volunteer for additional meetings to ensure that language in the NQI did not negatively impact other research programs

His advocacy contributes “a vital role” how the public views the (APS) discipline.” 

See the APS article.