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 QUANTUM 101
QUANTUM COMPUTING FOR EVERYONE
ITNW1172 Quantum Information Science and Technology class
Written By: JB Groves III, STS, FOT-OSP, ITSWharton County Junior College
 This past summer, I had the good fortune to present at the National Science Foundation’s High Technology Exchange Conference (HI- TEC) hosted in Salt Lake City thanks to a Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work program grant. The organization coordinating HI-TEC also asked that I present at the National Career Pathways Conference in Atlanta. Both conference sessions covered the Quantum Information Science and Technology Workforce Development National Strategic Plan
(Figure 1).
The plan was gleaned from numerous entities within the government, many organizations that develop quantum technology, and many, many scientists from around the world designing and building quantum devices and quantum materials for quantum computing technologies. The process was coordinated by Dr. Charles Tahan in the White House. The plan outlines the current landscape, challenges, and
actions to be taken in all facets of our society for Quantum Information Science and Technology to be understood and successfully implemented and used by the American workforce.
My presentations were well received and I turned my attention to offering a “Quantum 101” class at Wharton County Junior College. An NSF sponsored workshop identified several Key Concepts for QIS Learners, and produced a list with supporting fundamentals that can be curated, expanded, and adapted for students across computer science, mathematics, physics, and chemistry, as well as broader public audiences.
The nine key concepts as outlined by a National Science Foundation workshop include:
• Mathematics of probability, vectors, algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and linear transformations to describe the physical world via quantum mechanics
• The description of a quantum state
• Quantum measurement outcomes and applications
• The quantum bit, or qubit
• Entanglement and superposition
• Coherence and decoherence
• Quantum computers that solve certain complex computational
problems more efficiently than classical computers
• Quantum communication using entanglement or a
transmission channel, such as optical fiber, to transfer quantum information between different locations
• Quantum sensing using quantum states to detect and measure physical properties with the highest precision allowed by quantum mechanics
To read more about Key Concepts for QIS Learners see https://qis- learners.research.illinois.edu/. My presentation at HI-TEC offered me an opportunity to present during a Brown-Bag lecture to 83 colleges who
are members of the Working Connections Institute which is sponsored through an NSF grant at Collin County College in Texas, also known as the National Convergence Technology Center. Quantum 101 Curriculum was covered during the session and a tentative schedule was provided for all of the participants (figure 2).
I will present this class’s tentative course outline for the Western Academy Support and Training Center’s (WATSC) ICT Educator’s Conference 2023 during January 5-6, 2023 in a virtual pre-recorded format with a live question and answer session.
In summation, I’ve been in a “classic” computing IT career for fifty years now, and I am learning something new and sharing it. By the time I teach this class, there will be many breakthroughs in Quantum Mechanics that affect Quantum Information Science and Technology, as well as the QIST workforce needs. It’s fascinating to me and I appreciate the fact that I was afforded these opportunities to share information about Quantum Computing for all. In retrospect, that was the charter of post-world war two junior colleges – vocational technical training which has evolved into Career Technical Education (CTE) for the United States’ Advanced Technical Workforce and its continued development. I am fortunate to have had a part in it. It’s one of those colleges that started me on my career in IT- WCJC...Thank You!
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