September 2021 Workshop

Invitation and Logistics

This WebEx meeting will open to anybody who can contribute or participate. Time is: September 25, 2021
7 AM PDT (UTC-7)
10 AM EDT (UTC-4)
3 PM London (UTC+1)
11 PM Tokyo (UTC+9).
Request an invitation from t.c.martinez@ieee.org or erikdebenedictis@gmail.com. The meeting is scheduled for 1.5 to 2 hours.

10:00 AM EDT Business Meeting (15 mins)

This will be a ~15 minute session including introductions by new members to the community, and trying out a new format at the start of this meeting by soliciting recommended edits for the summary report of the April 10 discussion.

10:15 AM EDT Update on recent developments on tutorial/education programs and some recent updates on government programs by Joanna Ptasinski (10 mins)

Joanna Ptasinski, Naval Information Warfare Center

10:25 AM EDT Updates (5 mins)

This will be a ~5 minute session for members of the community to share other brief updates on recent developments or upcoming events in quantum education.

10:30 AM EDT Quantum for All Project by Karen Jo Matsler (25 mins)

Karen Jo Matsler, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Arlington and Principal Investigator of Quantum For All

The Quantum for All Project, funded by NSF, is providing opportunities for high school teachers and students to learn about quantum information science. The project involves teacher professional development, student camps, and identifying curricular connections appropriate for high school students. These topics will be discussed as well as some of the preliminary findings, challenges, successes, and potential for implementing quantum on a national basis.

10:55 AM EDT Learning Experimental Quantum Optics through Simulation by Brian La Cour (25 mins)

Brian La Cour is with Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT)

The pandemic of 2020 forced many of us to get creative about remote learning. That summer, The University of Texas at Austin piloted a simulation-based experimental quantum optics program using our custom Virtual Quantum Optics Laboratory (VQOL). Working in small groups, students developed, executed, and analyzed a variety of experiments covering a broad range of quantum optical phenomena. In this talk, I’ll describe the program, give some examples of experiments that can be performed, and discuss how it might be adapted to other learning programs. The simulation tools are available online at https://www.vqol.org, and the course materials will be made available to anyone interested in using them. Ref: http://arxiv.org/abs/2105.07300.

11:20 AM EDT QTech Master Degree Incubators by Terrill Frantz

Terrill Frantz, Professor Harrisburg University

This talk is about preparing master-degree-aspiring students for entering an advanced degree program in a quantum technology: At present, there are 35 documented university-offered Master Degree programs oriented to a quantum technologies. These programs each aim to prepare their students for a specific content area of specialty, for example, engineering, computing, or optics and photonics. Most of these programs accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, or a degree in Physics, as examples. As quantum technologies – and these master programs — are evolving into requiring a multidisciplinary background, by definition, each incoming student will have a deficiency in at least one of the disciplines when they are entering their program. How can the quantum ecosystem reconciled this inefficiency? Quantum Technology Master Degree Incubators can help.

12:00 PM EDT WebEx reservation ends