Achieving a quantum smart workforce

Clarice D. Aiello, D. D. Awschalom, Hannes Bernien, Tina Brower, Kenneth R. Brown, Todd A. Brun, Justin R. Caram, Eric Chitambar, Rosa Di Felice, Karina Montilla Edmonds, Michael F.J. Fox, Stephan Haas, Alexander W. Holleitner, Eric R. Hudson, Jeffrey H. Hunt, Robert Joynt, Scott Koziol, M. Larsen, H. J. Lewandowski, Doug T. McClureJens Palsberg, Gina Passante, Kristen L. Pudenz, Christopher J.K. Richardson, Jessica L. Rosenberg, R. S. Ross, Mark Saffman, M. Singh, David W. Steuerman, Chad Stark, Jos Thijssen, A. Nick Vamivakas, James D. Whitfield, Benjamin M. Zwickl

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Interest in building dedicated quantum information science and engineering (QISE) education programs has greatly expanded in recent years. These programs are inherently convergent, complex, often resource intensive and likely require collaboration with a broad variety of stakeholders. In order to address this combination of challenges, we have captured ideas from many members in the community. This manuscript not only addresses policy makers and funding agencies (both public and private and from the regional to the international level) but also contains needs identified by industry leaders and discusses the difficulties inherent in creating an inclusive QISE curriculum. We report on the status of eighteen post-secondary education programs in QISE and provide guidance for building new programs. Lastly, we encourage the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for quantum education and workforce development as a means to make the most of the ongoing substantial investments being made in QISE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number030501
JournalQuantum Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • Education
  • Quantum engineering
  • Quantum information science
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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