NC Central University is added to IBM’s HBCU quantum computing program

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When IBM launched the  IBM-HBCU Quantum Center  last September, our goal was to collaborate with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in a way that would advance not only quantum information science, but also STEM-based opportunities for these traditionally underrepresented communities. We are proud to report that this initiative in the quantum computing field is off to a fast start, as HBCUs, students, and faculty begin to explore the Center’s vast potential.


Membership has nearly doubled  in less than six months  to a total of 23 HBCUs. We have created a community of students and faculty, including the start of an undergraduate research program where students are exploring quantum computation with  Qiskit , and have  contributed to a pre-print  on arXiv that investigates the use of machine learning and quantum computing to better understand unknown quantum systems.
Expanding the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center
Today, we’ve announced a slate of new members for the Center, with 10 historically Black colleges and universities joining the Center’s 13 founding institutions. The new schools (in alphabetical order) are:

Alabama State University
Bowie State University
Delaware State University
Dillard University
Florida A&M University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Central University
South Carolina State University
Tennessee State University
University of the District of Columbia

Distinguished faculty
In addition to this rapid growth, we are honored to have distinguished faculty as members of the Center, including Howard University associate professor of physics  Thomas Searles , winner of the inaugural  Joseph A. Johnson III Award for Excellence ;  Serena Eley , an assistant professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines and head of the  Eley Quantum Materials Group ; and  Anderson Sunda-Meya , an associate professor of physics at Xavier University of Louisiana and recipient of the  2021 American Physical Society Excellence in Physics Education Award .
Professors  Eley  and  Searles  have also received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the organization’s Faculty Early Career Development ( CAREER ) Program. The program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to become academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in their department or organization.
Inclusion from the start
The Center is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines. IBM’s goals are to build a sustainable quantum research and education program by increasing the...