CQuIC Welcomes Faculty Member, Tameem Albash


CQuIC welcomes Professor Tameem Albash, of UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), as a CQuIC Faculty, effective August 12, 2019.

Professor Albash is a theoretical physicist working on how and whether quantum advantages may manifest themselves in near-term quantum information processing hardware.  While quantum algorithms are known to provide computational speedups over their classical counterparts, current devices are limited both in the size and length of computations they can perform. The challenge is now to uncover computational tasks for which these and future near-term devices could provide measurable performance advantages given these constraints.  Of particular interest to his group is the question of whether there is ultimately a tradeoff between the noise-sensitivity of an algorithm and its ability of providing a genuine quantum speedup. As a faculty member in CQuIC, Professor Albash looks forward to interactions and collaborations with the members of CQuIC.

Ezad Shojaee at NIST

Congratulations to CQuIC Graduate Student, Ezad Shojaee. Ezad defended his dissertation in May 17th 2019. He worked under Ivan Deutsch where he studied the implementation of coherent state measurements and their applications for quantum information processing. He also worked alongside Poul Jessen’s group at the University of Arizona on modeling the generation of atomic squeezing.
Continuing his career, he has moved to Boulder, Colorado to join in Computations and Communications Theory Group at NIST. He will study the implementation of practical protocols for quantum networking. “Being in CQuIC was a great experience for me. The environment is very productive and friendly. I’m sure I’ll miss discussions over the boards in the CQuIC hall.”

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!