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White House Names 15 Experts to National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

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  • The White House announced the appointment of fifteen experts in quantum information science to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC).
  • The committee will advise the President on quantum information science and technology research, development, demonstrations, standards, education, technology transfer, commercial application, and national security and economic concerns.
  • The National Quantum Initiative is a program to ensure continued U.S. leadership in quantum information science.

PRESS RELEASE — President Biden appointed fifteen experts in quantum information science to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), the Whitehouse announced in a statement.

The committee members include:

  • Dr. Kathryn Ann Moler, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Charles G. Tahan, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Jamil Abo-Shaeer, Member
  • Dr. Fred Chong, Member
  • Dr. James S. Clarke, Member
  • Dr. Deborah Ann Frincke, Member
  • Gilbert V. Herrera, Member
  • Dr. Nadya Mason, Member
  • Dr. William D. Oliver, Member
  • Dr. John Preskill, Member
  • Dr. Mark B. Ritter, Member
  • Dr. Robert J. Schoelkopf, Member
  • Dr. Krysta M. Svore, Member
  • Dr. Jun Ye, Member
  • Dr. Jinliu Wang, Member

The National Quantum Initiative is a whole-of-government program to ensure continued U.S. leadership in quantum information science, which includes potentially revolutionary technologies such as quantum computers, quantum networks, and quantum sensors, which are expected to exceed classical capabilities. The Biden-Harris Administration has identified quantum information science as a critical and emerging technology. For example, at the signing of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, President Biden highlighted quantum computing, saying that “increased research and development funding is going to ensure the United States leads the world in the industries of the future — from quantum computing, to artificial intelligence, to advanced biotechnology.”

The NQIAC was legislated by the National Quantum Initiative Act to “advise the President […] as well as make recommendations for the President to consider when reviewing and revising the [National Quantum Initiative] Program.” President Biden enhanced the NQIAC through a May 2022 Executive Order, which elevated the committee to a presidential advisory committee, highlighting that the National Quantum Initiative is a whole-of-government effort that rises above any one Federal agency.

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The diverse backgrounds and expertise of the members of the NQIAC ensure that it is well-suited to advise the President on “quantum information science and technology research, development, demonstrations, standards, education, technology transfer, commercial application, and national security and economic concerns,” as stated in the National Quantum Initiative Act, as well as to represent the needs of “industry, universities, and Federal laboratories.”

More information about the advisory committee is available on the official NQIAC webpage at https://www.quantum.gov/about/nqiac/, and the page includes information about the first meeting of the advisory committee on December 16, 2022.

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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