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Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology

Learn the basics of quantum information science in an accelerated format.

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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.

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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.

This four-day program will aid participants in gaining an understanding of the basics of quantum information science (QIS). Particular attention will be focused on QIS applications, such as quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computing. The course will be team-taught by faculty drawing on a wealth of scientific and laboratory experience. This program is designed for individuals with ten or more years of professional experience and a master's degree or higher is recommended.

The program is offered through the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and will be managed by the Chicago Quantum Exchange.

Designed For

Designed for electrical and other engineers, materials scientists, and physicists with ten or more years of professional experience and backgrounds in classical physics and engineering, from the materials and communications engineering R and D and other industries.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

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

Meet Your Instructors

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Future Certificates

  • Quantum Algorithms
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Error Correction and Fault Tolerant Computing
  • Quantum Hardware Platforms
  • Quantum Materials
  • Quantum Networks and Encryption
  • Photonics
  • Quantum Sensing and Metrology


The University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange are committed to providing the highest quality learning experience for participants of this program. Therefore, registrants must have more than ten years of professional experience, and a master's degree or higher is recommended to participate. All submitted registrations will be prequalified before being allowed to take this course.

Please note: The University of Chicago reserves the right to remove and refund registrants that do not meet the educational and professional requirements necessary to participate in this course.

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 shortprograms@uchicago.edu

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.

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