As part of this initiative, IBM will establish the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center which will offer access to its quantum computers, as well as collaborate on academic, education, and community outreach programs. This effort will enable students to learn how to use the Qiskit open source software development framework, and also provide funding for undergraduate and graduate research.  The will help increase the number of Black students educated in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), while also strengthening faculty QISE research efforts at HBCUs. Institutions that will participate in the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center include Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Coppin State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Southern University, Texas Southern University, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia Union University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. As part of the program, IBM will establish the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center which will offer access to its quantum computers, as well as collaborate on academic, education, and community outreach programs.

As a second part of this initiative, IBM is donating more than $100M in assets, including including university guests lectures, curriculum content, digital badges, software and faculty training to select HBCUs by the end of 2020 as part of their Skills Academy Academic Initiative in Global University Programs. This is a comprehensive, integrated program designed to create a foundation of diverse and high demand skill sets that directly correlate to what students will need in the workplace.  A slightly different set of HBCU’s will participate in this initial and will include Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Southern University System, Stillman College, Virginia State and West Virginia State University.

“Diversity is a source of competitive advantage, essential to create a thriving quantum industry,” said Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research. “We could not be more excited about partnering with our HBCU colleagues to help educate and empower the first generation of quantum computing native students and researchers.”

For more information you can view IBM’s press release on their website here and also a blog article about the IBM-HBCU Quantum Centers here.

September 18, 2020