Workforce Development

Second Quantum Revolution

The second quantum revolution is about controlling individual quantum systems to a much greater extent than before, enabling even more powerful applications of quantum mechanics. Many of these new applications rely on genuinely quantum, non intuitive concepts such as superposition and entanglement. These concepts are becoming more and more common and important in diverse scientific disciplines beyond physics, including materials science, electrical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.

Together, researchers in these fields are developing novel quantum materials, devices, and systems, which can lead to practical applications of quantum technology.

Education and Workforce Development

The Second Quantum Revolution requires researchers to focus on educating a diverse quantum workforce. Companies in this area desperately need graduates with working understanding of the relevant aspects of quantum mechanics, electronics, computer science, and materials science.

The education and workforce development activities of the Rice QIST Initiative will train undergraduate and graduate students with the cross-disciplinary skill set needed to advance new quantum technologies.

Our major workforce development goal is to recruit, educate, and mentor a diverse cadre of young scientists using best practices in long-term mentoring and culturally responsive teaching to create an inclusive community for all students, especially underrepresented students in STEM.