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Certificate Program in Quantum Science and Engineering
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The rapidly emerging field of quantum engineering has the power to transform cybersecurity, materials development, computing, and other research areas, but jobs within the field require specific knowledge of quantum science and engineering and their potential applications.

Companies in the communications, electronics, optics, and materials industries are examining how to quickly and effectively build a quantum-ready workforce. Many existing scientists and engineers have fundamental and domain-specific knowledge that makes them prime candidates for careers in quantum engineering and technology with only limited retraining. Companies and industry professionals from outside quantum engineering are demanding opportunities for professional development that will enable them to switch from classical to quantum industrial roles.

The University of Chicago is responding to these emerging needs by launching certificate programs in quantum engineering and technology. This September, join our first certificate, Quantum Science and Engineering, in a remote learning format with live, interactive sessions. This program is designed for individuals with 10 or more years of professional experience or equivalent education.

This program is currently at capacity. Please complete the registration form in full to join the waitlist. You will not be billed by completing the form. We will reach out to you directly if spots are available. 

Upcoming Certificate:

Quantum Science and Engineering

  • Dates: September 21–24, 2020
  • Format: Remote learning with live, interactive sessions 
  • Length: 4 days
  • Cost: $3,000

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Quantum Science and Engineering Certificate Takeaways

  • Obtain a working understanding of the basic principles of quantum mechanics that are relevant to quantum technologies
  • Develop an understanding of a range of quantum technologies, including quantum computing, communication, and sensing; explore how these ideas and modalities will impact a broad set of industries both in the near and long term
  • Learn how quantum computing can be leveraged to address a range of practical computational problems; develop an appreciation for the prospects and challenges for devising new applications
  • Develop a detailed understanding of state-of-the-art quantum sensing techniques, their potential for future development, and their application to wide range of fields, including materials and device characterization
  • Explore quantum technology’s impacts on secure communication and cryptography

Designed For

This certificate is designed for individuals with 10-15 years of work experience as:

Electrical and Other Engineers

Materials Scientists

Classical Physicists

Government Scientists

Industry Leaders

Through a four-day intensive program, professionals will learn the relevant fundamentals of quantum engineering and associated quantum technologies.

Quantum Science and Engineering Certificate 4-Day Curriculum

Day One

In the program’s first sessions, faculty leads David Awschalom, Shuolong Yang, and others will provide introductions to quantum mechanics, its applications, and platforms and materials. 

Learning objectives
  • Grasp the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, including what defines a quantum state and how to measure it, Bell’s inequality, entanglement, superposition, and distributed entanglement.
  • Develop an introductory understanding of main applications of quantum information science – quantum communications, sensing, and computing.
  • Have an appreciation for the current QIS platforms, including solid state and other qubit type.
  • Understand recent advances in materials, their growth and characterizations, and material challenges in quantum information science.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Faculty/Participant Welcome & Introductions

11:00 – 1:00 p.m.– Morning Topic: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.– Break/Lunch

2:00 –4:00 p.m.– Afternoon Topic: Introduction to Platforms and Materials

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Virtual Happy Hour: Industry/Function Focused

Day Two

You will next dive into quantum communications with two sessions from faculty leads Liang Jiang and Tian Zong. The program’s first demonstration will be remote quantum entanglement. 

Learning objectives
  • Understand the applications of quantum communication and cryptography.
  • Have an appreciation for the principles and applications of quantum key distributions (QKD).
  • Grasp the concept of entanglement and applications of quantum teleportation and super-dense coding.
  • Understand the concept of and need for the quantum repeaters and other technological hurdles in the development of quantum networks.
  • Have an appreciation for additional engineering and physics issues of quantum communication, including materials and devices, entanglement sources and their engineering concerns, and quantum photonics.
  • State-of-the-art quantum communications and future perspectives.

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Topic: Quantum Communications

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.– Break/Lunch

2:00 –4:00 p.m.– Topic: Quantum Communications (continued)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Demonstration #1: quantum entanglement

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Office Hour

Day Three

You will then spend a day in quantum sensing and metrology with a demonstration of NV center control from faculty leads Alex High and Peter Maurer.

Learning objectives
  • Understand the advantages of QIS on sensing and metrology and the fundamental limits associated with quantum measurements.
  • Have an appreciation for the quantum states that can be leveraged in quantum sensing and metrology.
  • Understand the current state-of-the-art in quantum sensing technologies.
  • Have an understanding of key use cases and future application for quantum sensing and metrology, including biological sensors, atomic clocks, and solid state systems.

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Topic: Quantum Sensing and Metrology

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Break/Lunch

2:00 –4:00 p.m. – Topic: Quantum Sensing and Metrology (continued) and Demonstration #2: NV center control

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Break

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Topic: Quantum Sensing and Metrology (continued)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Office Hour

Day Four

Lead by faculty members David Schuster and Hannes Bernien, the program will conclude with fundamentals of quantum computing and a coding demonstration on a quantum computer.

Learning objectives
  • Understand the fundamentals of quantum computing.
  • Have an appreciation for the challenges in scaling up quantum systems for different platforms/qubit types.
  • Have an understanding of key concepts in quantum computing, such as quantum measurement superposition and entanglement, gates, and error correction.
  • Grasp software concepts and algorithm use cases such as Grover’s algorithm, those for post-quantum encryption (PCQ), and in quantum chemistry, such as VQE and DFT.

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Topic: Quantum Computing

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.– Break/Lunch

2:00 –4:00 p.m.–Topic: Quantum Computing (continued)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Demonstration #3: Coding on a quantum computer

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Program Wrap-up

Future Certificates

Quantum Algorithms

Quantum Computing

Quantum Error Correction and Fault Tolerant Computing

Quantum Hardware Platforms

Quantum Materials

Quantum Networks and Encryption


Quantum Sensing and Metrology

The certificate of completion programs are offered by the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and will be managed by the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

About the Chicago Quantum Exchange

The Chicago Quantum Exchange is an intellectual hub and community of researchers with the common goal of advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. The hub aims to promote the exploration of quantum information technologies and the development of new applications.

Based at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Chicago Quantum Exchange provides an avenue for collaborations, joint projects, and information exchange between members and partners. It is anchored by the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and industry partners.

Learn more about the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

About the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. In the University of Chicago tradition of rigorous inquiry, we ask crucial scientific questions that have real-world implications. Our work applies molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies. Organized by interdisciplinary research themes, we aim to develop solutions to urgent societal problems, such as water and energy resources, information security, and human health.

The program was established as the Institute for Molecular Engineering in 2011 by the University in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In 2019, in recognition of the institute’s success, impact and expansion, and the support of the Pritzker Foundation, the institute was elevated to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering—the first school in the nation dedicated to this emerging field.

Learn more about the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Featured Faculty

David Awschalom

David Awschalom

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and Physics at the University of Chicago, Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. Professor Awschalom works in the areas of semiconductor spintronics and quantum information engineering.

Professor Awschalom’s research involves understanding and controlling the spins of electrons, ions, and nuclei in semiconductors for fundamental studies of quantum systems, as well as potential applications in computing, sensing, and communication. He received his B.Sc. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in experimental physics from Cornell University. Professor Awschalom was a research staff member and manager of the Nonequilibrium Physics Department at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Prior to joining the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, he served as the Peter J. Clarke Professor and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, and Director of the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation.

Liang Jiang

Liang Jiang

Liang Jiang is a Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He theoretically investigates quantum systems and explores various quantum applications, such as quantum sensing, quantum transduction, quantum communication, and quantum computation.

Professor Jiang’s research focuses on using quantum control and error correction to protect quantum information from decoherence to realize robust quantum information processing and he has worked on: modular quantum computation, global-scale quantum networks, room-temperature nano-magnetometer, sub-wavelength imaging, microwave-optical quantum transduction, and error-correction-assisted quantum sensing and simulation. Professor Jiang received his B.S. in physics from Caltech and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard. Prior to joining PME, he served as Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University.

Tian Zhong

Tian Zhong

Tian Zhong is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His areas of research expertise are in quantum photonics, quantum information and networking, solid-state quantum technologies, and hybrid quantum systems.

Professor Zhong’s research focuses on developing enabling nanoscale photonic and solid-state (e.g. rare-earth-ion doped crystals) technologies for building quantum hardware to realize scalable quantum networks, hybrid quantum computing and sensing systems. Zhong received his B. Eng. from Nanyang Technological Univeristy, and his S.M. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from MIT.

David Schuster

David Schuster

David Schuster is an Associate Professor of Physics, Molecular Engineering, and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago. Schuster specializes in quantum information, with research efforts in quantum computing, hybrid quantum systems, and quantum simulation.

Professor Schuster’s research focuses on understanding and controlling the unique properties such as superposition and entanglement of quantum systems in a variety of platforms, including superconducting quantum circuits, hybrid quantum systems, and condensed matter systems. He received his Sc.B. in mathematics-physics from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University.

Hannes Bernien

Hannes Bernien

Hannes Bernien is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He studies quantum many-body physics and quantum information processing, and seeks to develop new ways of engineering large, complex quantum systems.

Professor Bernien’s research combines techniques from quantum control and quantum optics with ultracold atoms and nanotechnology in order to develop new ways of engineering large, fully controlled quantum systems for quantum information processing, quantum simulation and quantum networks. He earned his M.Sc. in physics from Hannover University in Germany and his Ph.D. in physics from Technical University Delft, the Netherlands.

Alex High

Alex High

Alex High is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He studies quantum and optical science and explores new physics and technologies that emerge when quantum systems are engineered at the nanoscale level.

Professor High’s lab explores new methods to craft interactions between photons and solid state systems. By doing so, the High lab seeks fundamentally modify materials, for instance by breaking time-reversal symmetry or inducing long range coherence, and create deterministic, coherent interactions between single photons and quantum states. He received his B.A. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego.

Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He studies the development of novel nanoscale quantum sensing and imaging techniques.

Professor Mauer’s research focuses on applying emerging quantum imaging and sensing modalities that enable the investigation of biological systems that are not accessible by conventional techniques. He received his M.Sc. in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.

Shuolong Yang

Shuolong Yang

Shuolong Yang is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He studies the quantum phenomena emerging at material interfaces, such as interfacial superconductivity and topological orders.

Professor Yang’s research utilizes molecular beam epitaxy to engineer quantum materials layer-by-layer and characterizes the electronic properties of these materials using equilibrium and non-equilibrium photoemission spectroscopies. He received his B.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University.

Cancellation Policy

Our programs require advance preparation and demand often exceeds capacity, so it is important that you contact us in a timely manner if you must cancel your attendance. To receive a full refund, notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days in advance of the program start date. Cancellations received between 30 and 14 days in advance are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than 14 days in advance of the program are not eligible for a refund.

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. In the unlikely event of a program cancellation, paid program fees will be refunded, but the university is not responsible for any travel or other related expenses accrued by the program registrant. For more information, please contact

The University of Chicago Approach to Remote Learning

Our remote learning programs are crafted with your specific needs in mind.

Programs combine e-learning with live, interactive sessions to strengthen your skill set while maximizing your time. We couple academic theory and business knowledge with practical real-world application.

Through remote learning sessions, you will have an opportunity to grow your professional network and interact with University of Chicago instructors and your classmates.

Join the quantum-ready workforce of tomorrow.