The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science announced the formation of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers and two members of the department are involved with two of the new centers. The interdisciplinary, multi-institutional centers will facilitate the advancement of QIS technology and realizing the full potential of quantum-based applications in computing, communication, and sensing.
Professor Tyrel McQueen is part of the center housed at Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, NY called the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage. This center will develop quantum computer hardware and software with the goal of having a quantum computer outperform a classical one on a useful task.
Associate Professor Surjeet Rajendran is a member of the center called the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center (SQMS) at Fermilab in Illinois. The SQMS aims to build a beyond-state-of-the-art quantum computer based on superconducting technologies and will also develop new quantum sensors, which could lead to the discovery of the nature of dark matter and other elusive subatomic particles.