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How Professors are Strengthening Quantum Computing Pipeline at UC Davis

 "What is a qubit and what is it good for?" was but one of several questions professors from the University of California, Davis, recently posed to 22 California high school students as part of a new, annual workshop on quantum computing. The workshop served as a primer on quantum computing and offered the high schoolers a leg up — or a quantum leap if you will — with tips and best practices for their applications to UC Davis.  

Announcing QuIST Seminar Series for Fall 2023

We are delighted to announce the Quantum Information Science and Technology (QuIST) Seminar series for Fall 2023. This interdisciplinary speaker series is aimed at graduate and advanced undergraduate students in engineering and science departments. This seminar series will pave the way to understanding research topics pursued internationally by renowned researchers in the community. The series will take place at 1127 Kemper Hall on Tuesdays 2-3 pm.

The list of QuIST Seminar speakers

10/10/2023 Anirudh Krishna, Stanford University 

Addressing the Quantum Pipeline

According to researchers, alumni and students in the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering, it's a "sizzling" and an "exhilarating time" to be involved with quantum information sciences. Not just because it is grabbing headlines and inspiring blockbuster movie storylines but because there is a new surge of new opportunities related to quantum information sciences for students at UC Davis. 

Silicon Sponge Could Lead to New Photodetectors

Photonics, which operate based on particles of light (photons), are increasingly important for applications such as optical communications, connections between electronic and optical networks, and imaging. But silicon, the go-to semiconductor for making electronic chips, is not a great material for photonic applications because it shows poor absorption of near-infrared light compared to other semiconductors such as gallium arsenide. On the other hand, gallium arsenide is difficult to integrate with silicon microelectronics. As a result, photonic devices are expensive to manufacture.

National Academy of Engineering Selects Marina Radulaski to Participate in Prestigious Early-Career Event

The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has selected Marina Radulaski, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, to participate in The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2023 Symposium. 

She is among but 81 highly accomplished early-career engineers who will attend the invite-only event at the University of Colorado, Boulder from September 10 to September 13. 

QuIST trainees headed to new positions

UC Davis Quantum Information Science and Technology programs trained over a 100 students last year, from high school to postdoctoral stage. We asked graduating students to reflect on their QuIST experiences. Here is what they had to say.

Alexander Yue

high school researcher en route to Stanford University undergraduate program in physics

Gaming for Quantum Literacy: How UC Davis Students are Making Quantum Education Accessible

Much like how Microsoft developed its version of solitaire to teach users the fundamentals of using a computer mouse in 1990, a group of students at the University of California, Davis, are reworking popular games to make quantum computing principles accessible to a broad audience. 

The idea to recontextualize games came to Quantum Computing at Davis, or QCaD, a student-run organization dedicated to quantum education and research, as the solution to a question. 

When Quantum Systems Combine

Two teams of researchers led by Marina Radulaski, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently won University of California grants that promise to give scientists a better understanding of quantum information sciences—a rapidly-emerging technology that stands to transform the way society interacts with computers and technology.

Quantum Computing Hackathon Hosted by QCAD

Quantum Computing at Davis (QCAD) is organizing a Quantum Game Hackathon from January 26 to January 28 at UC Davis with participation from qcb (Quantum Computing @ Berkeley) and QCSA (Quantum Computing Student Association at UCLA). The aim of the hackathon is to introduce quantum computing concepts to people from all backgrounds by redesigning popular games with all the fun and spookiness of quantum computing. 

Design a game that will be played at the 2023 Picnic Day!

Club Spotlight: Quantum Computing at Davis

Quantum Computing at Davis (QCD) is a student research group that aims to educate undergraduate and graduate students in quantum information sciences by providing them with hands-on projects and workshops. They foster the quantum community at UC Davis through collaborations between faculty and students and facilitate the transition from top-quality coursework to publishable work. 

Announcing QuIST Colloquium for Fall 2022

We are delighted to announce the Quantum Information Science and Technology (QuIST) Colloquium under the College of Engineering Next Level Idea initiatives. This is an interdisciplinary speaker series, aimed at graduate and advanced undergraduate students in engineering and science departments. Colloquia will give a window to research topics pursued internationally by renowned researchers, as well as on campus by UC Davis faculty.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Marina Radulaski Earns Google Research Scholar Award for Quantum Computing

UC Davis electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor Marina Radulaski recently earned a Google Research Scholar award for her work in quantum computing. 

The Research Scholar Program aims to support early-career professors pursuing research in fields relevant to Google. The Program provides unrestricted gifts to support research at institutions worldwide and focuses on world-class funding research conducted by early-career professors.