Purdue University is joining a nationwide effort to develop quantum science technologies. The national push is funded by a $1 billion investment by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The parties will establish a dozen new AI and quantum science research institutes nationwide.

The Boilermakers will participate through the Quantum Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Other research centers include the Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories. The university already has major research efforts underway in topological quantum materials, quantum algorithms, and “the quantum internet.” One aspect of the work involves developing a “quantum workforce” to meet the needs of the burgeoning demand in the fields of AI and quantum science.