Professional Education Applied Science

Certificate Program in Quantum Engineering and Technology


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.

Past Certificate Agenda

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

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