Del State joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center

Delaware News Desk
Drs. Gour Pati and Renu Tripathi, co-director of the DoD Center of Excellence in Advanced Quantum Sensing at Del State, are now affiliated with the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, increasing the quantum resources that will be available to the university.

Delaware State University announced Feb. 22 that it has joined the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, the nation’s first quantum education and research initiative for historically Black colleges and universities aimed at driving quantum skills development and building a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. 

DSU is one of 10 newly added institutions that comprise the 23 HBCUs that have joined the Quantum Center to date. As part of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, DSU will have access to IBM quantum computers on the cloud, as well as opportunities for joint collaboration on research, education and community outreach programs. 

DSU’s entry into IBM-HBCU Quantum Center comes four months after university researchers obtained a five-year, $7.5 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to establish a DoD Center of Excellence in Advance Quantum Sensing on campus. Gour S. Pati said the university’s involvement in the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center will enhance its work in quantum sensing activity at CoE-AQS.  

“Delaware State University joining as a member of IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, will have access to the IBM Quantum Computer and a wide array of educational support for students and faculty,” said Pati. “This aligns with DSU's mission in STEM workforce development in the quantum science area.”  

Established in September 2020, the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future. It emphasizes the power of community and focuses on developing students through support and funding for research opportunities, curriculum development, workforce advocacy and special projects.  

IBM continues to deliver on the Quantum Center’s goal to build a sustainable quantum research and education program by increasing the number of Black students educated in Quantum Information Science and Engineering, strengthening research efforts of faculty at HBCUs in QISE, providing opportunities for scholarships, fellowships and internships and empowering HBCUs to lead in the quantum workforce and broader Black communities.  

"IBM’s priority in launching the center is to support and facilitate quantum research and education for HBCU faculty and students as part of the growing quantum workforce,” said Kayla Lee, product manager for community partnerships, IBM Quantum. “We’re proud to continue building on the momentum of the founding institutions and looking forward to collaborating with Delaware State University to build a quantum future.” 

In addition to DSU, the other nine universities joining the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center on Feb. 22 include Alabama State University, Bowie State University, Dillard University, Florida A&M University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University and University of the District of Columbia. 

The 23 HBCUs participating in the Quantum Center were prioritized based on their research and education focus in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science and other STEM fields. For more information about the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, read “HBCU Center Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum Computing” at ibm.co/2NsN1tm. 

For more on the Quantum Center, visit ibm.com/quantum-computing. For more on Delaware State University, visit desu.edu.