Overview of NETL Cross Cutting Research Program and Funding Opportunities

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 3 January 2018

Overview of NETL Cross Cutting Research Program and Funding Opportunities with Dr. Briggs White, Technology Manager, Cross Cutting Research NET will be held on Thursday, January 04, 2018 between 12:00 PM  and 01:00 PM at 102 Benedum Hall. Dr. Briggs White is an experienced engineering management professional with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Currently, Dr. White is serving as Crosscutting Technology Manager at NETL. 

The program serves to accelerate R&D progress and develop concepts and technologies that enable improvements in fossil-based power generation.  Energy technology platforms include advanced coal combustion, gas turbines, advanced power cycles, solid oxide fuel cells, and modular gas conversion reactors. The program's scope includes fostering R&D in sensors and controls, cybersecurity, modeling and simulation, high-performance materials, innovative combustion concepts, and water management. The program leverages technology trends in smart and advanced manufacturing, process intensification, high-performance computing, IoT, data analytics, and machine learning.

Raise on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 25 December 2017

After Department of Energy's Dear Colleague Letter (DLC) last month, on December 14, 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) released a DLC  on enabling quantum leap. 

This DCL aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include at least three complementary components represented by researchers with expertise in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, engineering, and computer/computational science, which are more broadly represented by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The innovative proposals must focus on quantum functionality by assessing aspects relevant to both fundamental and application concepts, and must result in experimental demonstrations of transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations.



NSF/DOE Quantum Science Summer School

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 25 December 2017

Opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Description: This program is dedicated to the education of graduate students and postdocs in quantum sciene and their applications to new technologies in academic and industrial contexts.
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Dates:  June 10-22, 2018 
  • Location: Cornell University
  • Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018
  • Financial Support: Available. More information can be found here!
  • Requirement: A recommendation letter will be required from the person you use as a reference.
  • Apply here!

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 December 2017

To extend our fundamental knowledge of the quantum world to enable the development of novel, transformative technologies, and opportunity to train students in this area is available via the “Quantum Information Science and Engineering.

  • Opportunity for Graduate Student, Faculty Member (PI), PLUS Industrial Partner (TRIPLETS)
  • Level of Support:  $10,000/year to AUGMENT (not replace) a student’s current stipend
  • Application by:  Graduate Student
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
  • Apply here!

Quantum Decision Theory Workshop 2018

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 20 December 2017

The goal of this two-day workshop is to bring together decision/game theorists and physicists to find a common language in discussing uncertainty. It is organized by the Game Theory Group of the University of Pécs. There will be dominantly invited talks by quantum information scientists and game theorists. Contributed posters are welcome.​

Registration deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
Submission deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Quantum Computing Summer School Fellowship

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 20 December 2017

The Quantum Computing Summer School is an immersive 10-week curriculum that includes tutorials from world-leading experts in quantum computation as well as one-on-one mentoring from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) staff scientists who are conducting cutting-edge quantum computing research. Summer school fellowship recipients will be exposed to the theoretical foundations of quantum computation and will become skilled at programming commercial quantum computers, such as those developed by D-Wave Systems and IBM. Ten students will be awarded a fellowship from LANL that covers travel, living expenses in Los Alamos, and salary, with a fellowship value ranging from $7,500 to $13,000, based on academic rank (junior, senior, 1st year graduate student, etc.).

Secure Quantum Communications School

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 14 December 2017

The 1st "Secure Quantum Communications (SQC)" School is funded and organised by the European Innovative Training Network "Quantum Communications for All (QCall)". QCALL is a European Innovative Training Network that endeavours to take the next necessary steps to bring the developing quantum technologies closer to the doorsteps of end users. QCALL empowers a nucleus of 15 doctoral researchers in this area to provide secure communications in the European continent and, in the long run, to its connections worldwide. QCALL offers research work packages and training activities in the form of Schools and Workshops. 

Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network: Building "Triplets" to Bridge Academia and Industry

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 13 December 2017

Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET) is housed at the Chicago Quantum Exchange, an intellectual hub and partnership for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. QISE-NET is built "Triplets" to Bridge Academia and Industry which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation within the “Quantum Leap” and “Growing Convergent Research” Big Ideas. TRIPLETS program offers excellent opportunities for graduate students in all areas of quantum information science and engineering.


Department of Energy Accelerates the Development and Research in Quantum Information Science

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 13 December 2017

On November 29. 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) released a letter on Accelerating Development of and Research Impacts from Quantum Information Science (QIS) to encourage submission of innovative research ideas in QIS via any appropriate existing mechanism.  In this letter intersection between the developments in QIS and missions, interests, capabilities, and portfolios of the program offices within the DOE's Office of Science (SC) were emphasized. They stated that SC has interests, expertise, and capabilities in a wide range of QIS-related topics, including frontier computing, machine learning, optimization, quantum materials, isotopes, cryogenics, imaging, and field theory. In addition, they itemized their resources relevant to QIS and mentioned the organized workshops held by SC to indicate their support on QIS. Continuity of the financial support of the future computing technologies in the DOE SC Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request was stated. Finally, they encourage the collaboration between academia and DOE National Laboratories and recommend researchers to contact program managers on proposal submission.

For more information read the original letter here!

Prof. Lillian Chong has created the Creative Science Summer Writing Program for Undergraduates

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 5 December 2017

This past summer, Prof. Lillian Chong started a creative science writing program to help undergraduates develop skills for communicating science to non-scientists. The pilot group consisted of three highly motivated chemistry majors who pursued various types of creative writing, including poetry and narrative nonfiction. 

The development of effective writing skills in the sciences has become increasingly more important given the critical roles that science plays in society. To help undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh develop such highly valuable skills, the Creative Science Writing Summer Program is intended to foster undergraduate writing projects that are focused on communicating science in a compelling, accessible manner to non-scientists. This Program is available to undergraduates in the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Neuroscience, History & Philosophy of Science, and/or English. Each of six selected participants will be awarded a prize of $250 to pursue creative writing involving scientific journalism, poetry, and other works of nonfiction during the summer.