BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Northrop Grumman, the world’s leading aerospace and defense company, is committing $ 12.5 million to the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus to support research and education in science and in quantum information engineering.
“We are extremely grateful for this extraordinary commitment from Northrop Grumman,” said Lance Collins, vice president and executive director of Campus Innovation, located in Alexandria, Virginia. “The emergence of quantum computing will affect all industries and change the landscape of national defense. This new partnership allows us to expand our work in this area in powerful new ways, and will sponsor a new center for quantum architecture and software development on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus that will lead the country in this area of research.
Virginia Tech faculty, students, and collaborators strive to propel quantum mechanics out of the lab and into real-world applications. Northrop Grumman’s $ 12.5 million will be used to:
- Create a staffed faculty position that will help recruit a researcher to lead the new Center for Quantum Architecture and Software Development at the Innovation Campus.
- Staff five to 10 graduate scholarship positions.
- Build programs to connect Northrop Grumman experts with Virginia Tech’s Faculty of Quantum Information Science and Engineering at the University’s Innovation Campus and Blacksburg Campus.
- Create or enhance pathway programs that engage K-12 students and prepare them for STEM careers.
- Support for master’s projects in engineering.
Advances in quantum science and engineering are expected to transform the way we use technology in computing, sensing, and communications.
“Northrop Grumman and Virginia Tech both recognize the revolutionary nature of quantum information science and engineering,” said Dan Sui, the university’s vice president for research and innovation. “The quantum leap is one of the four frontiers in which Virginia Tech will continue to invest in the future. Our university is on the verge of launching a Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering in Blacksburg which has brought together many faculty members from five departments. We are delighted that we can now significantly scale up our quantum work through this new partnership with Northrop Grumman. “
The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus plans to contribute an additional $ 15.8 million to establish the Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development. This will bring the total support for the quantum research and education initiative to $ 28.3 million.
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