Abraham Asfaw, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Alexandre Blais, Université de Sherbrooke
Kenneth R. Brown, Duke University
Jonathan Candelaria, Stanford University
Christopher Cantwell, University of Southern California
Lincoln D. Carr, Colorado School of Mines
Joshua Combes, University of Colorado Boulder
Dripto M. Debroy, Duke University
John M. Donohue, University of Waterloo
Sophia E. Economou, Virginia Tech
Emily Edwards, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Michael F. J. Fox, University of Colorado Boulder
Steven M. Girvin, Yale University
Alan Ho, Google Research
Hilary M. Hurst, San Jose State UniversityFollow
Zubin Jacob, Purdue University
Blake R. Johnson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, The Ohio State University
Robert Joynt, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eliot Kapit, Colorado School of Mines
Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Colorado School of Mines
Martin Laforest, ISARA Corporation
H. J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado Boulder
Theresa W. Lynn, Harvey Mudd College
Corey Rae H. McRae, University of Colorado Boulder
Celia Merzbacher, SRI International
Spyridon Michalakis, California Institute of Technology
Prineha Narang, Harvard University
William D. Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jens Palsberg, University of California at Los Angeles
David P. Pappas, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Michael G. Raymer, University of Oregon
David J. Reilly, The University of Sydney
Mark Saffman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas A. Searles, Howard University
Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh

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IEEE Transactions on Education




Contribution: A roadmap is provided for building a quantum engineering education program to satisfy U.S. national and international workforce needs.

Background: The rapidly growing quantum information science and engineering (QISE) industry will require both quantum-aware and quantum-proficient engineers at the bachelor's level.

Research Question: What is the best way to provide a flexible framework that can be tailored for the full academic ecosystem?

Methodology: A workshop of 480 QISE researchers from across academia, government, industry, and national laboratories was convened to draw on best practices; representative authors developed this roadmap.

Findings: 1) For quantum-aware engineers, design of a first quantum engineering course, accessible to all STEM students, is described; 2) for the education and training of quantum-proficient engineers, both a quantum engineering minor accessible to all STEM majors, and a quantum track directly integrated into individual engineering majors are detailed, requiring only three to four newly developed courses complementing existing STEM classes; 3) a conceptual QISE course for implementation at any postsecondary institution, including community colleges and military schools, is delineated; 4) QISE presents extraordinary opportunities to work toward rectifying issues of inclusivity and equity that continue to be pervasive within engineering. A plan to do so is presented, as well as how quantum engineering education offers an excellent set of education research opportunities; and 5) a hands-on training plan on quantum hardware is outlined, a key component of any quantum engineering program, with a variety of technologies, including optics, atoms and ions, cryogenic and solid-state technologies, nanofabrication, and control and readout electronics.


Quantum engineering, quantum information science (QIS), undergraduate education


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