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A brief history of the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering

Dr. Marlan Scully and Dr. M. Suhail Zubairy

The Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering was founded in 2001, as the Institue for Quantum Studies. The Institute’s primary goals are to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research in quantum science; to develop an intellectual community among faculty, graduate student and advanced undergraduate students; to enhance interaction by means of conferences, lectures and colloquia; and to disseminate the knowledge generated within the IQS through scholarly publications and public outreach. In 2010, the Institue for Quantum Studies was renamed to the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering. IQSE is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University, through IQSE, has a quantum optics and electronics core which does world class research. IQSE unites these core knowledge areas, and has fostered interdisciplinary research such as our Biophotonics group. IQSE is equally dedicated to sharing knowledge and the excitement of discovery through an active education and outreach program, graduate training, conferences, and a seminar program. Our world-class research facilities are housed in the state-of-the-art George P. Mitchell ’40 Physics Building on the Texas A&M campus.

As of 2024, IQSE has established academic chairs and professorships, a post-doctoral fellowship program, and a seminar series. We regularly organize a major international conference that spans a wide range of topics in Quantum Electronics. For more about IQSE’s current programs, please contact us.