This morning, we announced that RPI will become the first university in the world to house an IBM Quantum System One on its campus. You can read the press release for more details. This important announcement has three components that I want to highlight. The first is that we will have a quantum computer on our campus with full access for our research and education mission. Second, we also announced a faculty constellation that will enable us to add new faculty to help advance our activities in the use of quantum computing. I am extremely grateful for the philanthropic support from Curtis R. Priem ’82, vice-chair of our Board of Trustees. Finally, with the support of our Board, we have been authorized to begin the planning to renovate one of our original campus buildings to provide newly renovated space for these activities. I am excited for this latter point because it allows us to get started on what will be a long but important journey to renew our physical plant.
I am sure that many of you are interested to know more about this new resource, and to think about how this can transform our educational offerings and our research. In the coming weeks we will share more information about how to access the quantum computer, and some of the ways to learn more about quantum computing.