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Feb 23 2024

Development of a curriculum of experiments for a quantum teaching laboratory

ECE 595 Seminar Series

February 23, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Lecture Center C3


801 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Development of a curriculum of experiments for a quantum teaching laboratory

Presenter: Danyel Cavazos, University of Chicago

Abstract: In response to the growing interest in quantum information science on both private and public sectors, many higher-education institutions are now in the process of expanding their course offerings to accommodate for the expanding demands of the quantum workforce. At the University of Chicago, we have implemented a laboratory course that gives undergraduate students a chance to develop hands-on experience on three different state-of-the-art quantum engineering platforms, including entangled photons, ultracold atoms and nitrogen-vacancy centers. Teaching practical and technical skills related to quantum engineering has allowed our students to either join the quantum workforce directly or be better prepared for their future graduate careers. In this talk the execution of the experiments in terms of equipment and implementation, and how we organize the class material to guide the learning process with a student-first approach will be discussed.

Speaker bio: Danyel Cavazos is the laboratory instructor for the Quantum Educational Lab ("QuantumLab") at the University of Chicago. He works with faculty to design and implement teaching experiments and demonstrations in various quantum platforms. Before joining UChicago, Danyel completed his PhD at Rice University, where he worked on realizing quantum analog simulations using ultracold atoms. Prior to that he completed his BS degree in physics engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico.

Faculty host: Zizwe Chase,


ECE department

Date posted

Feb 20, 2024

Date updated

Mar 27, 2024