Chuang to lead new NSF funded graduate program in Quantum Information Science

August 4, 2008

As announced by the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, "the National Science Foundation, NSF, through its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, has awarded a $3M grant to Isaac Chuang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor of Physics, to fund a pioneering MIT program with the goal of creating a new cohesive, interdisciplinary, doctoral study program in the growing field of quantum information science (QIS)."

The new graduate training program at MIT, called Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE), will seek to nurture a new generation of students, from education through employment, to become tomorrow's quantum information scientists, engineers and leaders in the growing field.

Professor Chuang commented on the needs for the new program: "The education dilemma facing quantum information science and engineering is keenly felt at MIT because of our leadership role in the field.

"MIT has research groups and classes in QIS, led by the field's pioneers, but the very diversity and richness of our resources creates a great challenge to giving our students a coherent experience. With the NSF's generous support, which will combine with resources that the Institute will devote as well as participation from a broad consortium of government and industry partners, we are going to tackle this challenge with an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to training the new generation of QIS scientists and engineers."

Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and Seth Lloyd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems, are the co-principal investigators. Senior faculty investigators and graduate students from seven MIT academic departments and divisions in both the School of Science and the School of Engineering will work together to form the program, which will be administered centrally by RLE.

Shapiro notes: "There is widespread belief that fundamental ideas from QIS will lead to useful new information technology and provide computing, communication, and control systems beyond the limits of traditional paradigms. These carry with them profound social implications. This is why iQuISE will incorporate education in ethics and social context."

MIT academic departments and divisions that will have faculty and students participating in iQuISE include Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Nuclear Engineering, and Engineering Systems.

Read more:


  • Research Laboratory of Electronics Press Release, 4 August 2008.



  • MIT News Office, August 4, 2008 article, "MIT awarded $3M for training program in quantum information science, Grant to create interdisciplinary study program."