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December 10, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UT at Chattanooga becomes first university connected to EPB Quantum Network powered by Qubitekk

It is the second announcement in days. The first was Qunnect, a leader in quantum-secure networking technology.

Just days after announcing its first commercial customer (see teknovation.biz post here), the EPB Quantum NetworkSM powered by Qubitekk announced its first university customer, and the network did not have to go very far to find the launch partner.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has become the first academic institution to be connected to the network that was launched in late 2022 by EPB and Qubitekk. It is the nation’s first industry-led, commercially available quantum network for running equipment and applications in an established fiber optic environment.

UTC is connected to the network via a node within a quantum technology laboratory in the University’s Multidisciplinary Research Building on East ML King Boulevard, co-located with activities of the UTC Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab, and doctoral program in computational science. Quantum optics expert Dr. Tian Li joined UTC in 2022 because of the University’s strategic focus on quantum science and creating “quantum opportunities.” Prior to UTC, Li was an Associate Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University. “We are excited about making use of the EPB network to advance experiential learning in quantum technology, including quantum sensing applications,” said Li, who specializes in experimental quantum optics and is a UTC Assistant Professor of Physics.


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