Tennessee State University looks forward to students being on the cutting edge of technology!

Now that the institution is a member of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, they plan to see students excelling in digital manufacturing, finance, and military affairs, reports PR Newswire.

In an announcement, TSU shared that it has joined the nation’s first quantum education and research initiative for HBCUs.

The center aims to help both faculty and students, build skills in quantum computing along with increasing diversity and inclusion in the field.

“With the creation of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and aerospace designing just to name a few, quantum computing has quickly become an emerging technology,” said TSU President Glenda Glover. “The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center partnership helps TSU prepare our students and faculty to be innovators in this field. It is an absolute game-changer when we consider our current climate and how research could lead to new discoveries in medicine and drug development.”

TSU is one of the 10 newly added institutions that make up the 23 HBCUs that have joined the Center to date. The university will now have access to IBM quantum computers on the cloud along with opportunities for joint collaboration on education, research, and community outreach programs.

“IBM’s priority in launching the Center is to support and facilitate quantum research and education for HBCU faculty and students as part of the growing quantum workforce,” said Dr. Kayla Lee, Product Manager for Community Partnerships, IBM Quantum. “We’re proud to continue building on the momentum of the founding institutions and looking forward to collaborating with Tennessee State University to build a quantum future.”

The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center was launched in September 2020 and is a multi-year investment designed to develop and prepare talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future.

“IBM has opened opportunities for me, my peers, and my university,” said Jeia Moore, a junior majoring in business information systems at TSU. “Having a firsthand experience of the nation’s first  quantum initiative  for HBCUs will allow me to grow and develop in the computing world. I am grateful to see companies invest in me, my peers, and Tennessee State University.”