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The Needs and Challenges of Workforce Development in Quantum Computing

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting


California State University, Los Angeles , California

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April 4, 2019

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April 4, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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Mohammad N Amin National University

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Mohammad Amin received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering, and M.S. degree in Solid State Physics from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also received M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Physics from Dacca University, Bangladesh. Currently, he is working as a Professor of Engineering at National University, San Diego, California. Before joining NU, he worked for many organizations including GE, NJE, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, College of Technology-Makkah, Waukesha County Technical College, University of Wisconsin Center-Sheboygan, etc. He has published and presented more than 100 articles & papers, 3 US patents, and edited 9 books/proceedings. Dr. Amin worked on a special project of solder paste characterization funded by US Navy. The outcomes of this project resulted many scholarly contributions including three US patents, a dozen of research papers, a sensor (IS4000 Solder Paste Sensor) and an R&D Award in 1996. His current research of interests are: wireless sensors, database, computer applications & quantum computing. As of today, he organized the International Conference on Computer Science and its Applications (ICCSA2002-2006) as Program Co-Chair, the International Computer Science and Technology Conference (ICSTC-2008) as Database Track Chair, and the American Society for Engineering Education/Pacific South West Conference (ASEE/PSW-2009 & 2015) as Program Chair.

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Ronald P. Uhlig National University

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From 2010-2014, Dr. Ronald P. Uhlig was Dean, School of Business and Management, National University, La Jolla, CA. He returned to the faculty of the School of Engineering and Computing in 2014 as Lead Faculty for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program. During 2005-2010 he served the School of Engineering and Technology in multiple positions including Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and Lead Faculty of the Master of Science in Wireless Communications; as well as Principal Investigator for two HP Technology for Teaching grants. From 2000-2005, he was President/CEO, SegWave, Inc., an educational technology systems company he founded.

Previous positions include Vice President for Russia and Eastern Europe, Qualcomm Inc., 1995-99, with offices in San Diego and Moscow, Russia and multiple positions with Northern Telecom and Bell-Northern Research in Ottawa, Canada and Richardson, TX during 1978-1995, including Director, Intelligent Network Solutions and Director, Asia/Pacific Strategic Marketing. He is one of several “Fathers of email”; based on work he did with the US Army and DARPA in the 1970s and several international committees he chaired during 1979-91. Those committees took him to nearly 100 countries globally. He had nationwide responsibility for US Army Materiel Command scientific & engineering computing, 1969-78, pioneering many applications in what has become today’s Internet, and he served as a US Army Officer in the Office of the Chief of Staff, in the Pentagon, 1966-1968.

He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of a Gold Medal from the International Telecommunications Academy, Moscow, Russia, for sustained contributions to telecommunications; the Silver Core from the International Federation for Information Processing; and the Founders Award from the International Council for Computer Communications. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Project Inkwell.

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Pradip Peter Dey National University

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Dr. Pradip Peter Dey has more than 20 years of experience in Computer Science research and education. His university teaching and professional experience emphasizes mathematical modeling, information extraction, syntax and semantics of natural language, wireless apps and knowledge representation. He has done an M.S.E. in Computer and Information Science and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

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Bhaskar Sinha National University

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Dr. Bhaskar Sinha is a Professor in the School of Engineering and Computing at National University in San Diego, California.

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Shatha Jawad Jawad National University

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Quantum computing is one of the most interesting and demanding topics in the field of computer science and engineering. The potential of quantum computing in many areas such as computer security, big data, finance, health science, and many other fields are now clear because of its incredible capacity and high processing speed. In a traditional computing system, all data and information are represented with 0 and 1 bits. But quantum computers operate in a different way, using Quantum Bits, or qubits. These qubits are created and manipulated using quantum principles of superposition and entanglement and can perform certain types of complex and large calculations on vast amounts of data very rapidly. A few examples of potential applications of quantum computing include much more secure quantum encryption, tremendous speed up of database searches using Grover’s database search algorithm, protein folding, and modeling of electrons in materials and molecules. Many scientists including Christopher Monroe at the University of Maryland and IonQ believe, within the next five years, a quantum computer will be capable of calculations that could never be run on traditional computing machines.

In order to foster and expedite quantum computing research and development, the United States House of Representatives recently passed “The National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227)” which includes an emphasis on workforce development. In the USA, a number of startups and big tech companies are now involved in building quantum computing machines using different mechanisms of quantum physics, including ions trapped in electrical fields, superconducting circuits, quantum cloud service, spins of a single electron, etc.. The computer industries are working hard to use their existing semiconductor resources and technologies combined with quantum principles to build the desired computing systems. In parallel, there is an urgent need for a new generation of engineers, scientists, and programmers who can use quantum computers to solve real-world problems. This paper discusses some opportunities and challenges in quantum computing and preparing college students to fulfill the workforce demand. It further discusses how complex quantum computing courses can be integrated into the curricula of computer science, engineering, and related programs to address future workforce development issues. A multifaceted strategy for boosting enrollment, retention and successful graduation in quantum computing is proposed in order to address workforce development issues because we need to succeed in the tough competition we are facing from other countries.

Amin, M. N., & Uhlig, R. P., & Dey, P. P., & Sinha, B., & Jawad, S. (2019, April), The Needs and Challenges of Workforce Development in Quantum Computing Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. 10.18260/1-2--31846

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