Schumer cites new opportunities at Rome Lab and SUNY Poly for quantum computing

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New local opportunities in quantum computing for SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory were cited Monday by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Schumer, D-NY, was at the Griffiss Institute where he detailed research capabilities at SUNY Poly and the Rome lab that he said enhance the state’s “competitiveness to capture emerging opportunities in quantum information science,” according to his office.

Schumer expressed his support for the overall SUNY system’s planned bid to be named one of several new “National Centers of Quantum Science Research and Education” in conjunction with the recently passed National Quantum Initiative Act. The act is geared to coordinate a national strategy to accelerate public and private research and development for quantum information science (QIS) plus develop a high-tech workforce for the future.

Schumer said he was “proud to pledge his full support behind SUNY’s future proposal given its existing QIS ecosystem, educational partnership with Rome Lab’s Quantum Computing Center of Excellence, and its many other partners,” his office said.

Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo, who was present for Schumer’s announcement, said today “this presents a new opportunity for us.” She added it represents “a great collaboration between SUNY Poly and Rome Lab....”

Referring to quantum computing as “the next frontier,” Izzo said the opportunity is “really exciting” and offers “diversification of the local economy.” The city will “aggressively advocate” for the efforts by SUNY and the Rome lab, she commented.

Schumer said the collaboration between the lab and SUNY Poly could generate a “quantum leap in computing science’s next frontier and create good-paying jobs” including for the Mohawk Valley.

Quantum information science is an emerging field with the potential for revolutionary advances in fields of science and engineering involving computation, communication, precision measurement, and fundamental quantum science, says the National Science Foundation. A quantum is the smallest possible unit of anything, and quantum science is the study of these particles and their application, according to computersciencedegreehub.com.

Fully-functioning quantum computers are years away, said Schumer’s office, but experts say that once fully developed their power could perform at speeds millions of times faster than today’s most advanced machines. This could transform industries across nearly every sector of the economy, which is why places like China and Europe continue to invest billions to win the race to develop the technology, his office added.

Schumer’s office said SUNY’s research campuses including SUNY Poly, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, and Stony Brook University “are currently conducting transformational research in quantum science and engineering.” It added “the most critical part of this ecosystem is right here in the Mohawk Valley with SUNY Poly’s partnerships with the Quantum Computing Center of Excellence at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate....” which is the Rome lab.

“The devastating impacts of falling behind international competitors like China and Europe in the field of quantum computing are wide-ranging and severe — from economic growth to the strength of our national security,” said Schumer.

“The race towards innovation in quantum computing is the great scientific race of the 21st century, which is why I made it a priority last year to pass the National Quantum Initiative Act in Congress, and why I will continue to fight to increase Rome Lab’s budget for quantum computing research each and every year.”

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