Leading the quantum revolution.

The Grainger College of Engineering is leading advancements in quantum research and training a quantum-ready workforce. Led by the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology (IQUIST) Center and in partnership with the Chicago Quantum Exchange, our 65+ faculty — who are experts in physics, engineering, computer science and mathematics — are advancing the frontier of quantum information science and development.

Research Areas

IBM’' quantum-computing system has a cryostat at its center to cool the quantum chip.


We’re building computers that have the potential to accelerate solutions in logistics, finance, materials and more.


Our engineers are laying the foundation for the quantum internet, which will secure and send information in new ways. 


Grainger Engineering projects are transforming how we sense nature for navigation, medical and geological applications.

Partners, Programs & Initiatives

The Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) brings together physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians to advance quantum information science and train a quantum-ready workforce. 

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The IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute is a new model of academic-industry partnership designed to increase access to technology education and skill development to spur breakthroughs in emerging areas of technology including hybrid cloud and AI, quantum computing, accelerated materials discovery, and sustainability to accelerate the discovery of solutions to complex global challenges.

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The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) convenes leading academic researchers, top scientific facilities, and innovative industry partners to advance the science and engineering of quantum information, train the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers, and drive the quantum economy. The CQE facilitates interactions between member institutions and partners and provides an avenue for collaborations, joint projects, and information exchange.

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The NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute HQAN is led by the University of Illinois' IQUIST, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago. In addition to these three Midwest research powerhouses, which are members of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, the HQAN program integrates industry and government labs. It is one of five QLCI programs in the U.S. and is aligned with the 2018 National Quantum Initiative Act.

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The Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Quantum Sensing and Quantum Materials (QSQM) is highly-collaborative spanning three institutions, with additional team members and leadership from University of Illinois-Chicago and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. On campus, the program draws together experts in quantum information science, physics and materials science from the lllinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST), from the Physics Department, Materials Science and Engineering, and the Materials Research Laboratory. 

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Q2Work is a three-year quantum education and workforce development program led by IQUIST’s Emily Edwards. Q2Work is a leading member of the National Q-12 Education Partnership spearheaded by NSF and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Duality is the first accelerator program in the nation that is exclusively dedicated to startup companies focused on quantum science and technology, launched today. The program is led by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a founding partner, along with Argonne National Laboratory and P33.

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As a member of Q-NEXT, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign leads and collaborates with world-leading experts and contributes to research and development in the areas of quantum information science. 

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QuSTEAM is a non-profit organization that facilitates the national scale-up of equitable and effective undergraduate quantum education. 

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Academic Departments

Grainger Engineering fosters interdisciplinary quantum research from the following departments.

Research Opportunities for Students

Work with faculty who are experts in quantum information science areas including materials, photonics, simulation, sensing, superconductors and more? Explore research opportunities for current and prospective undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows.

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