During a major announcement by city, school and business leaders about the future of quantum technology, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was recognized for its significant role in quantum research and workforce development and its commitment to the future.
Chancellor Steven R. Angle spoke to more than 100 quantum scientists and engineers at a Thursday, March 23, Quantum Economic Development Consortium in downtown Chattanooga, confirming the University’s commitment to the new “Gig City Goes Quantum” endeavor and the exciting opportunities ahead for students and researchers. UTC is currently developing a node for Chattanooga’s quantum network established by EPB, which it will use for quantum engineering research. The node is expected to be complete by this summer.
“UTC students will have unique access to experiential learning by being able to use a real-world quantum network on our campus through EPB Quantum Network,” Angle said.
Angle, who spoke to conference attendees alongside Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Chattanooga State Community College President Rebecca Ashford, described the educational and cross-disciplinary activities the University’s quantum focus will provide, calling it a “magnet for talent.”
“Quantum learning has applications for students enrolled in both STEM and non-STEM disciplines as well as people already in our workforce to upskill their qualifications in anticipation of new applications,” he said.
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UTC will be connected to the EPB quantum network launch this summer, and students will have access to it.
Students, along with faculty and staff, are encouraged to learn more at one or all of three, free, 45-minute presentations taking place April 17-21 from quantum technology experts. Each talk begins at noon at the Center for Professional Education in the James R. Mapp Building, 311 E. M.L. King Blvd.
- Monday, April 17 (quantum computing): Dr. Raphael Pooser, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Distinguished Research Scientist
- Wednesday, April 19 (quantum networking): Dr. James Troupe, Xairos Quantum Communications Chief Scientist
- Friday, April 21 (quantum sensing): Dr. Tian Li, UTC Assistant Professor of Physics