iQuISE is a novel graduate education research and training program in quantum information science and engineering that sits astride the doctoral programs of the five MIT departments with iQuISE faculty: Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Science and Engineering. Graduate students in any of those departments are eligible to become iQuISE Associates, the title used for all students in the iQuISE program, and participate in the full iQuISE program, which is comprised of:

  • Course Q, a cohesive and complete doctoral study initiative in quantum information that is easily integrated into doctoral programs from any of the five departments with iQuISE faculty
  • QIS@MIT, a teaching and seminar program for building a strong quantum information community
  • INQuIRE, an outreach program connecting our government and industrial partners and quantum information research, for students and the public

In Course Q, iQuISE Associates must take five subjects, from a collection of foundational core classes and research focus classes that fit naturally into departmental programs, and get hands-on experience with quantum phenomena like entanglement in the Quantum Information Science Laboratory.

The Fellowship of Quantum Information provides a quantum information community for iQuISE Associates through an IAP cohort development off-site, by means of a research ethics seminar specifically adapted to the needs of the iQuISE community, and via summer internships with one of the program’s industry, government, or academic partners.

QIS@MIT adds to the sense of community within iQuISE through a weekly seminar series featuring world-leading researchers in quantum information science and engineering, and through bi-weekly informal lunches for iQuISE Associates in MIT’s Quantum Information Science Common Room. It also includes teaching opportunities for iQuISE Associates, both as assistants in Course Q subjects, and in a summer course in the MIT Professional Institute.

The iQuISE program’s Industry Networked Quantum Information Resource Exchange (INQuIRE) serves as the focus of outreach activities. All Course Q curricula materials will be made freely available through MIT OpenCourseWare. QIS@MIT seminars will be recorded and webcast. Visitor exchanges with the industry, government, and academic members of the iQuISE Consortium will provide iQuISE Associates with a global perspective on the development of quantum information science.

“The students in MIT’s new NSF training program will be encouraged to cross disciplines, and develop a common fellowship with their peers. We will also address training for post-academic jobs directly by connecting students to government and industrial members of the iQuISE Consortium.”

—Seth Lloyd, Co-Director, iQuISE, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems