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Bootcamp focuses on quantum research

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Wayne Scales, professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, hosts a bootcamp to assist computer scientists, electrical engineers, physicists, and chemists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the burgeoning field of quantum information science and engineering. This inaugural workshop was supported by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Southwest Virginia.

This is a workshop to try to partner with historically black colleges and universities and an emerging technology area, quantum information science and engineering. Faculty and students at historically black colleges and universities. Some of the most important ideas will come out of their minds. They often do not have the resources that a larger institution like Virginia Tech does. And so what we're here to do is to partner and utilize their very talented faculty and very talented students to work with us on joint projects to be able to move this field forward for the future. Earlier we talked about or had a demo of our cybersecurity testbed down on the third floor. And now what we've done is trans positioned up to the fifth floor, we have our quantum key distribution test bed. One thing that we're hoping to do in the near future is replicate this infrastructure at historically black colleges and universities. So we can actually have teams of doing research collaboration in this very important area in quantum cryptography, because it's a great career. It's fun. I get up every day, love what I do, and all young people out there that would be interested in pursuing a stem career, I can more or less guarantee it's going to be the same way for you as well.