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IonQ And South Carolina Quantum Launch Faculty & Researcher Quantum Learning Series

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  • IonQ announced the launch of its new Faculty & Researcher Learning Series in partnership with South Carolina Quantum (SCQ).
  • The Learning Series, which will initially launch at Clemson University,  is part of an agreement between IonQ and SCQ to accelerate the introduction of quantum technologies in academia and business across South Carolina.
  • Members can partner with SCQ to gain access to IonQ’s quantum systems as they familiarize themselves with the technology, begin exploring research opportunities and design coursework around quantum computing.

PRESS RELEASE — IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), a leader in the quantum computing industry, today announced the launch of its new Faculty & Researcher Learning Series in partnership with South Carolina Quantum (SCQ). The Learning Series is the first event following the March agreement between IonQ and SCQ to accelerate the introduction of quantum technologies in academia and business across South Carolina. Learning Series’ members can partner with SCQ to gain access to IonQ’s quantum systems as they familiarize themselves with the technology and begin exploring research opportunities and designing coursework around quantum computing.

“The State of South Carolina is taking meaningful strides in training its quantum workforce of the future, and we are pleased to bring IonQ’s leading edge quantum computing expertise to these initial Learning Sessions,” said Peter Chapman, President and CEO of IonQ. “The coursework and curriculum developed as a result will prove invaluable for other universities worldwide as they ramp up their quantum programs and turn to SCQ and Clemson University for guidance. We look forward to having IonQ become the trusted quantum hardware platform for these institutions.”

In 2023, the State of South Carolina set aside millions in funding for SCQ to accelerate workforce development, economic development, and applied research in quantum computing. One component of this venture was the creation of quantum-specific academic coursework for training future members of the quantum economy. The Learning Series is designed to support faculty and researchers who have an interest in quantum computing by providing them with free, expert-led training covering topics like:

  • Quantum 101 and best practices for incorporating quantum computing into coursework and research;

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  • industry insights on quantum applications;

  • technical presentations and demonstrations; and

  • guidance on accessing quantum resources and funding opportunities.

 “We are very excited to kick-off our Faculty Learning Series with Clemson University as their reputation for preparing and leading students to success is unmatched,” said Joe Queenan, Executive Director, South Carolina Quantum. “IonQ brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this initiative and will set the conditions for faculty to understand the importance of bringing quantum into the classroom and creating a learning environment that sparks innovation and creativity for University students. This collaboration with IonQ and Clemson is the first step to a pathway for education in developing a quantum-smart workforce, inspiring entrepreneurship that will help attract, and settle, quantum talent and technology to South Carolina.”

Clemson University will host the first Learning Session on June 11, 2024. The workshop, titled, “An Introduction to Quantum Computing and Applications,” will provide Clemson faculty and researchers with an orientation on quantum technology. Scientists from IonQ will lead the session and expand faculty members’ knowledge about accessing quantum resources, developing applications, and integrating quantum computing into academic coursework.

“We are excited to host SCQ’s inaugural Faculty & Researcher Learning Series,” said Dan Noneaker, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University. “Quantum computing will have a transformative effect on research, industry, and the world. Partnering with South Carolina Quantum and IonQ will help our faculty and researchers learn about this emerging technology and ensure Clemson University and the State of South Carolina are at the cutting edge.”

For more information on SCQ’s Faculty Learning Series, please visit www.scquantum.org. To learn more about IonQ’s latest system news and business developments, visit https://ionq.com/.

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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