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The Initiative at Northwestern for Quantum Information Research and Engineering (INQUIRE) was established to transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines and converge research, education, and outreach activities in quantum sciences, engineering, and technology at Northwestern University.  

INQUIRE bridges over 40 faculty in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the McCormick School of Engineering, as well as several University Research Institutes and Centers. Led by an executive committee consisting of representatives from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, INQUIRE is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative initiative focused on advancing quantum information sciences with numerous areas of research excellence. By combining strengths, INQUIRE aims to solve fundamental scientific barriers that drive the next generation of quantum technologies for quantum communications, network, computing, and sensing applications.

INQUIRE is the information hub for quantum-related activities at Northwestern. The Alliance is designed to streamline information for upcoming events and opportunities, increase awareness and impact of Northwestern efforts in quantum research, and help catalyze connections within and outside of the University. INQUIRE promotes and facilitates partnerships with academic, government, and industrial organizations to accelerate research efforts and promote translation of new discoveries.

Northwestern University is focused on the development of talented undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees to build a highly skilled, cross-disciplinary quantum workforce. INQUIRE is dedicated to fostering these efforts across schools and departments through co-mentoring students and developing new cross-disciplinary courses and degree programs.

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