Partners

IonQ, Inc. is a leader in quantum computing, with a proven track record of innovation and deployment. IonQ’s next-generation quantum computer is the world’s most powerful trapped-ion quantum computer, and IonQ has defined what it believes is the best path forward to scale. IonQ is the only company with its quantum systems available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Christopher Monroe and Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of pioneering research.

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Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. For nearly two decades, we have been driving advances in scalable quantum technology to help customers experience quantum impact at every stage of this journey. Our global team of physicists, computer and materials scientists, engineers, and developers are collaborating with a broad community of individuals and organizations to advance a full-stack quantum ecosystem, develop practical solutions, and accelerate quantum education.

We believe the quality of qubits is the key to creating a scalable, universal quantum computer that could help solve some of the most complex challenges facing our world. We’re investing deeply across continents with leading researchers to develop a reliable, repeatable, and fault-tolerant topological qubit critical for building this foundation. To accelerate this vision for impact and scale, we’re collaborating openly with a global quantum community to innovate across every layer of the stack– from applications and software down to control and devices. This technology will require a new generation of quantum leaders that can help organizations around the world realize the promise of quantum computing. We’re passionate about developing this quantum workforce by making resources like the open-source Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and Q# quantum programming language available to developers and educators worldwide.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory, advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. We perform research supporting the missions of several U.S. federal agency sponsors including the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

PNNL’s strengths in quantum information science include capabilities in algorithm development and programming, as well as expertise in materials synthesis and characterization, quantum chemistry applications, quantum sensing, and workforce development. Our scalable, open source high-performance computational chemistry toolkit, NWChem, enables quantum solutions to complex chemistry and materials physics problems.

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A core mission of the University of Washington is to develop scientists, engineers and ideas that change the world. The UW is internationally renowned in research areas that are critical to the success of quantum-enabled technologies, including quantum information science, quantum materials (e.g. two-dimensional materials), quantum photonics (the interactions between light and materials), quantum sensing (including axion-search experiments, radiation detection and quantum-defect field sensing), and quantum simulation (using high-performance computing). The UW’s expertise in these areas are distributed across the UW campus, residing mainly in the departments of physics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, and the Allen School of Computer Science.

Quantum research endeavors across the UW are connected through the QuantumX initiative, which facilitates and supports activities to accelerate quantum discoveries and technologies. Our initiative strengthens what we as a university do best – innovative basic and applied research, cutting edge education and workforce development, and commercialization of promising discoveries from our laboratories.

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Washington State University (WSU) is a public research university conducting research, scholarship, creative activity, and service at five campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett, as well as online through the Global campus. WSU unites the Pacific Northwest through three roles within the NQN: quantum research, workforce training, and connecting with industry. Honoring its land-grant mission, WSU is committed to inspiring and challenging the next generation of problem solvers by providing a solid physics-based foundation for students to lead the next quantum revolution. Partnerships like the NQN allow WSU to tailor its programs in response to industry needs, establish internship programs, and provide training for the future quantum workforce.

WSU’s growing quantum research focus is currently directed at fundamental quantum science (including many-body dynamics, nuclear astrophysics, and quantum chaos), quantum technologies (including magnetic resonance physics, nonlinear optics, and analog quantum simulation with ultra-cold atoms), and the interconnect between different quantum and classical technologies. In addition, a university-wide effort is being made to identify transformative applications of quantum technology and computing, including imaging technology, cryogenics, solid-state and superconducting cryoelectronics, material science, chemistry, LIGO (quantum enhanced sensors), with key members in the departments of physics, electrical engineering and computer science, chemistry, and mathematics and statistics, and external partnerships with NQN members, through the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), and strong industrial connections.

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