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UMD Ranked Among World’s Top Quantum Computing Research Universities

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland ranks among the top five quantum computing research universities in the United States and among the top 12 in the world, according to The Quantum Daily, a quantum computing news website.

The publication this week cited the Joint Quantum Institute, a research partnership between the Department of Physics, the university’s Laboratory for Physical Sciences and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

“Each institution brings major experimental and theoretical research programs that are dedicated to the goals of controlling and exploiting quantum systems,” the publication wrote.

Maryland boasts more than 200 quantum researchers, one of the greatest concentrations in the world, working in five quantum research centers and institutions based at the university. UMD also has licensed technology developed in the lab of Distinguished University Professor Chris Monroe, in physics, to IonQ, a quantum computing company Monroe co-founded that is a top contender in the race to develop the world’s first practical quantum computer. Quantum computers, which should be exponentially faster at certain computations than today’s computers, are expected to revolutionize multiple fields of technology.

Along with Maryland, the other four U.S. universities in the group were Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago.

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