Summer 2020

PQI New Student Orientation

Speaker(s): 
PQI Staff
Dates: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 2:00pm

Welcome to all new graduate students! The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute is hosting a zoom meeting to welcome you, and let you know about all the opportunities PQI offers that can help you get a head start in the next stage of your academic career. 

PQI's mission is to unify and promote quantum science and engineering in Pittsburgh. We have over 100 faculty from Pitt, CMU and Duquesne University, in departments of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, business, and philosophy of science. We can help you get familiar with your department and let you know about the wide...

PQI New Student Orientation

Speaker(s): 
PQI Staff
Dates: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 9:00am

Welcome to all new graduate students! The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute is hosting a zoom meeting to welcome you, and let you know about all the opportunities PQI offers that can help you get a head start in the next stage of your academic career. 

PQI's mission is to unify and promote quantum science and engineering in Pittsburgh. We have over 100 faculty from Pitt, CMU and Duquesne University, in departments of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, business, and philosophy of science. We can help you get familiar with your department and let you know about the wide...

PQI2020 Week 5: Quantum Materials

This week's focus is on quantum materials and we are pleased to be joined by our featured speaker, Xiaodong Xu from the University of Washington, and PQI member contributing speakers, Jimmy Zhu from CMU and Nathan Youngblood from Pitt.

Jimmy Zhu (CMU), “Field Free Spin Hall Switching of Perpendicular MTJs”

Xiadong Xu (University of Washington) “2D Magnets and Heterostructures"

Nathan Youngblood (Pitt), "Highly parallel in-memory computing with phase-change photonics”

Reeja Jayan Receives 2020 Dean's Early Career Fellowship

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 17 July 2020

Reeja Jayan was selected to receive the CMU 2020 Dean’s Early Career Fellowship in recognition for her exemplary contributions to her field. The Dean’s Early Career Fellowships are awarded to untenured faculty members who have been nominated by their department heads. They were selected to receive the fellowship after review and discussion by the College of Engineering Review Committee.

Reeja leads her multidisciplinary lab’s research in field-assisted materials growth, exploring different ways electromagnetic fields can synthesize materials previously unavailable for conventional synthesis routes. Her work has been awarded funding from the Department of Energy (DOE), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), and private sponsors. Jayan has earned numerous young investigator awards, including the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, The Incline Who’s Next: Technology Award, and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Congrats Reeja!

PQI2020 Week 4: Quantum Computing

This week's focus is on quantum computing and we are pleased to be joined by our featured speaker, Shiwei Zhang from the Flatiron Institute and William & Mary, and PQI member contributing speaker, Yang Wang from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Yang Wang (PSC), “Ab initio electronic structure calculation at the dawn of exascale computing”

Shiwei Zhang (Flatiron + William&Mary) “Towards the solution of the many-electron problem: ground-state properties of the hydrogen chain from ab initio computation"

PQI2020 Week 3: Quantum Chemistry

This week's focus is on quantum chemistry and we are pleased to be joined by our featured speaker, Heather Kulik from MIT, and PQI member contributing speakers, Olexandr Isayev from CMU and Peng Liu from University of Pittsburgh.

Olexandr Isayev (CMU) “Supercharging quantum mechanics with artificial intelligence (AI)”

Heather Kulik (MIT) “Molecular design blueprints: new simulation and machine learning tools for inorganic discovery”

Peng Liu (Pitt) "Using Energy Decomposition Analysis to Guide Rational Catalyst Design"

We <3 our International Community

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 15 July 2020

Scientific communities rely on the international friendships and collaborations that we build and exclusion has no place here. PQI is 100% an international community based in Pittsburgh and we value and need the presence of international students and faculty. While the ICE measure impacting students has been rescinded for now, it was a drastic and serious upset to many student lives.

We've asked PQI members to pin the location of their hometown in the map below so that we can appreciate how far many of you have come to be an important part of our community. Thank you for being in Pittsburgh and part of PQI!

 

Double, Double, Superconductivity, and Trouble

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 15 July 2020

However, there is no "fire burn and cauldron bubble" here because PQI members don't need a magic potion to be double featured in the Nature Physics July Focus editorial highlighting emergent superconductivity. Out of the four articles in this discussion, Sergey Frolov and Jeremy Levy each contributed a perspective on the current status and trajectory of research in superconductivity.   

The perspective from Sergey and collaborators, Topological superconductivity in hybrid devices, details special features found in topological superconductors and emergent properties, such as theorized Majorana quasiparticles and phases. Unambiguously inducing and controlling Majorana phases in superconductors remains a yet to be solved challenge for researchers, but progress has been made.

PQI 2020/21 GSR Award Winners

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 30 June 2020

Congratulations to the 2020/2021 PQI Graduate Student Research Award Winners!!

Xiaowei Bogetti (Saxena Group, Chemistry), Supriya Ghosh (Waldeck Group, Chemistry), Xun Li (Lee Group, MechE), Zehan Li (Liu Group, Physics), Aditi Nethwewala (Levy Group, Physics), and Timothy Yang (Saidi Group, MechE) each won one term of graduate funding for the year 2020/2021.

PQI2020 Public Lecture: Quantum Computational Supremacy and Its Applications

Speaker(s): 
Scott Aaronson
Dates: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:30pm

Dr. Scott J. Aaronson, David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, will give the PQI2020 Public Lecture.

Last fall, a team at Google announced the first-ever demonstration of "quantum computational supremacy"---that is, a clear quantum speedup over a classical computer for some task---using a 53-qubit programmable superconducting chip called Sycamore.  In addition to engineering, Google's accomplishment built on a decade of research in quantum complexity theory.  This talk will discuss questions like: what exactly was the contrived...

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