“Quantum technologies are truly transformative, and we are proud that OU physicists are leading experts in this field,” said OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr. “With the cutting-edge resources of Lin Hall and the abundant opportunity created by the Center for Quantum Research and Technology, our students and faculty can pursue groundbreaking, life-changing research. The work done here will undoubtedly benefit future generations of Oklahomans, strengthening the state’s economic position for the 21st century. We’re thankful to the Avenir Foundation and to our partners within the State of Oklahoma leadership for making today possible.”
OU plans to prepare the future workforce for this emerging field, while establishing meaningful partnerships with industry leaders. The Center will focus in areas such as quantum simulation, quantum sensing and quantum materials to enable next-generation devices. Over the next decade, quantum-based devices are anticipated to replace increasingly more of the current classical-based devices. Economists predict the global quantum-technology industry will have annual revenues of $80 billion by 2030 and $1.3 trillion by 2040.
“Establishing this Center is another example of how we are making Oklahoma a top ten state in cutting-edge technology,” said Stitt. “Because of this new facility, our state will have the opportunity to be national leaders in groundbreaking research and bring new partnerships and jobs to the state.”