SandboxAQ has partnered with the City University of New York (CUNY) to expand quantum education opportunities and create a sustainable ecosystem for the quantum workforce of the future. The partnership will create a new undergraduate photonics lab on the City College of New York campus, as well as an ongoing series of in-person quantum workshops at the CUNY Graduate Center.
SandboxAQ is providing CUNY with a $200,000 grant to fund the new photonics lab, where students will run Quantum Information Science & Technology (QIST) experiments co-designed with CUNY faculty. The lab will focus on the foundational physics behind new quantum technologies, including superposition, entanglement, manipulation, measurement, and long-range quantum communication.
SandboxAQ will also organize and sponsor a quantum workshop series. The workshops will present CUNY graduate students, as well as advanced undergraduates in physics, mathematics, and computer science, with a unique opportunity to learn more about quantum-related topics from leading industry and academic experts.
The first of these workshops will begin on May 4 and will focus on quantum networks. Speakers at the workshop will include executives from SandboxAQ, Qunnect, AWS, and the Perimeter Institute, in addition to faculty from the University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, and University of Ottawa. These workshops will enable CUNY students to advance their studies, gain hands-on experience with quantum technologies, acquire valuable insights, and network with leading experts in the field.
In order to achieve the promise of quantum technologies revolutionizing nearly every industry, the quantum industry must cultivate a steady pipeline of highly educated and trained scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through innovative partnerships with academic institutions. CUNY is the latest university we’re proud to add to our educational outreach program, which includes university partnerships and student residencies. The program aims to foster collaboration between the private sector and academia to build a quantum future that benefits everyone.
The new photonics lab and other related programs will greatly enhance both the academic and career opportunities for CUNY students, giving them a chance to experiment with cutting-edge science and open new doors to a successful future.
If you are a student or educator interested in learning more about the transformative potential of quantum technologies, we'd love to hear from you!