Education and workforce training in quantum information science and technology (QIST)
exists primarily at the graduate and postdoctoral positions, with few undergraduate
efforts now growing out of these. This workshop aims to maximize the impact of these
efforts in undergraduate QIST education by bringing together faculty from the CSU
and other Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) to learn the state of undergraduate
QIST education, identify challenges associated with implementing QIST curriculum at
PUIs and to develop strategies and solutions to deal with these challenges. The workshop
will be held virtually June 3rd and 4th, 2021.
For more information please reach out to Justin Perron or Shahed Sharif.
Thanks to support through the American Physical Society’s Innovation Fund registration
for this conference is free. We will confirm registration by April 30th.
The two-day workshop will take place on Thursday June 3rd and Friday June 4th.
Day one of the workshop will consist of presentations and panel discussions with speakers
from academia, industry, and goverment sectors. The day will be broken into three
sessions focusing on
- Knowledge and skills desired in a quantum capable workforce
- Current efforts in undergraduate quantum information science education
- Best practices for developing thriving and inclusive departments
- Emily Edwards, Managing Director IQUIST, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Brian La Cour, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Quantum Research
- Robert Hilborn, Associate Executive Officer, American Association of Physics Teachers
- Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University
- Lincoln Carr, Quantum Engineering Program and Department of Physics, Colorado School
- Heather J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado Boulder, JILA
- Jórge Lopez, Dept. of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso
- Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State University
- Daniel Sank, Staff Research Scientist, Google
- Ms. Isabella Bello Martinez, Lead Quantum Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Day two of the workshop will consist of breakout sessions among attendees to discuss various
challenges associated with implementing quantum information science curricula in a
primarily undergraduate and regional universities. These sessions will aim to identify
specific challenges unique to these institutions and propose strategies to overcome
Code of Conduct
All participants will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming
to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial,
inclusive, and professional environment. Creating a supportive environment to enable
scientific discourse is the responsibility of all participants.
Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual
characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status,
educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or
harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not
limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or
comments, unwanted attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and
Violations of this code of conduct policy should be reported to meeting organizers
Justin Perron (firstname.lastname@example.org), Charles De Leone (email@example.com), Shahed Sharif
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the
meeting, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate
conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or
actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate
of all parties before intervening.
||Justin Perron, CSU San Marcos
Justin is an Associate Professor at CSU San Marcos in the Physics Department. He currently
teaches the undergraduate quantum mechanics sequence and his research focuses on silicon-based
||Shahed Sharif, CSU San Marcos
Shahed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics. His research focuses
on post-quantum cryptography, especially cryptography based on arithmetic geometry.
||Charles De Leone, CSU San Marcos
Chuck is a Professor in the Department of Physics at CSU San Marcos. He is currently
serving as dean of the office of graduate studies and research. He is a physics education
researcher and is one of the pioneers in using and researching the "spins-first" approach
to quantum mechanics.
||Thomas Carter, CSU Stanislaus
Dr. Carter is a Professor at CSU Stanislaus in the Computer Science Department, which
he helped found.
||Levent Ertaul, CSU East Bay
Dr. Ertaul is a Professor at CSU East Bay in the Department of Computer Science. He
recieved his Ph.D. from Sussex University in 1994. He specializes in Network Security
and Cyber Security, and post-quantum cryptography.
||Josh Grossman, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Dr. Grossman is a Professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public liberal-arts
college, where he has chaired the physics department and taught a course on quantum
information. His research interests include cold-atom applications, quantum measurement,
and physics education.
Gina Passante, CSU Fullerton
Dr. Passante is an Associate Professor at CSU Fullerton in the Department of Physics.
Her research focuses on teaching and learning of quantum mechanics. She previously
studied non-classical correlations in NMR quantum computing architectures.
Joshua Sack, CSU Long Beach
Joshua Sack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
in CSU Long Beach. He studies relationships among quantum structures and logics for
quantum interaction, information, and computation.
Faculty Online Learning Communities
|Following the workshop, in the 2021/2022 academic year, we will also be hosting Faculty
Online Learning Communities (FOLCs) to support faculty in implementing quantum information
science into their curriculum at their host institutions. Participants will meet
bi-weekly through the year to discuss various aspects of their efforts in implementing
quantum information science into their courses. In addition to the synchronous meetings
there will be asynchronous discussion as well. There is additional support for participants
in the form of a modest stipend. Applications for participation in the FOLCs will
begin in the summer of 2021 following the workshop.