On Wednesday, April 6, at 5:45 p.m., Professor of Physics Josh Grossman will virtually give the SMCM Natural Sciences & Mathematics Colloquium, titled, “How quantum computing will soon transform chemistry, biology, computer science, physics, materials science, national security, finance, logistics, and more.” The Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA) will feature the talk as part of their Quantum Tunnel webinar series.
The Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance was formally launched in January 2020 to accelerate moving quantum science and engineering to use and further enhance the region’s primacy in a field that promises to revolutionize society. This alliance brings together world-leading quantum expertise from academia, industry, government agencies, laboratories and research centers with a presence in the region. The MQA serves as an inclusive forum, facilitated by the University of Maryland, for its members to engage and collaborate with each other on education, global thought leadership and building a vibrant and diverse ecosystem to support quantum innovation. Their Quantum Tunnel series aims to facilitate entry of new participants into the quantum ecosystem.
Professor Grossman recently chaired the committee on education in the American Physical Society (APS). In 2021, he served on the organizing committee for the Quantum Undergraduate Education & Scientific Training (QUEST) workshop. He currently facilitates a faculty online learning community on integrating quantum information science into the curriculum at primarily undergraduate institutions. His atomic physics research includes applications in quantum sensing.
Quantum computers are a new type of computer that can perform certain tasks much faster than the best supercomputers ever will be able to do. In the past few years, quantum computing has developed into a multibillion-dollar industry with significant demand for skilled employees. This growth and investment is driven by the transformational impacts that quantum computing will have on various fields of science, security, and business. In the talk, Grossman will share an overview of some of these diverse applications and the projected timeline for when quantum computers will achieve the relevant capabilities.