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Advancing the Quantum Leap >>>

Using an unparalleled transdisciplinary focus to accelerate the integration of quantum technologies across society, realizing unprecedented computing and communication capabilities and restructuring our social framework.

Northrop Grumman Commits $12.5 million Toward Quantum Research and Education

Virginia Tech faculty, students, and collaborators are working together at the intersection of quantum disciplines to drive quantum mechanics from the lab into real world applications. The new partnership with Northrop Grumman positions the university to dramatically increase the scope of its transdisciplinary quantum-related research and teaching.

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A National Priority

The National Quantum Initiative Act was signed into law on December 21, 2018. The purpose of this Act is to ensure the continued leadership of the United States in quantum information science and its technology applications. The initiative encompasses the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation, and will entail the creation of between four and 10 competitively awarded QIS research centers. Dedicated funding includes $1.275 billion over five years with a possible five-year extension.

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Quantum Center Unites Virginia Tech’s Broad Expertise

Directed by quantum expert Sophia Economou, the center creates an official umbrella for work that has flourished at Virginia Tech for many years. The university has been at the forefront of the emergence and evolution of quantum information science, producing research in key areas including quantum computing, networking, materials, and cryptography, and helping set research agendas through NSF-sponsored workshops and faculty collaborations with national laboratories.

quantum center at Virginia Tech

Quantum Collaborative Partners

Through key relationships with industry, government and academic partners, Virginia Tech is connecting the best and brightest minds to advance quantum technology.

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Quantum Research Areas

  • Computational Algorithms
  • Chemical Simulations
  • Processing Hardware
  • Memory/Storage
  • Optimization
  • Secure Data Transmission
  • Deep Space Communications
  • Neural Networks
  • Positioning, Navigation, and Timing
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Precision Measurements
  • Field Detection

Quantum Research Experts

Spanning the breadth of quantum information sciences and technology, Virginia Tech faculty, students, and partners work together at the intersection of quantum disciplines.

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Sophia Economou

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Edwin Barnes

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Gretchen Matthews

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Luke Lester

Quantum Research Sponsors

Quantum Research Teams

Talented faculty and students are developing cutting edge research that is leading to Virginia Tech’s rise as a global destination for quantum knowledge and discovery. Virginia Tech’s quantum footprint is growing — first with the Blacksburg campus’ capabilities and now, with emerging Northern Virginia strengths.

Quantum News

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Dedicated Facilities


Molecular Sciences Software Institute

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute led by Virginia Tech is supported by the National Science Foundation and focused on molecular simulation software development.