A Purdue University professor has landed millions of dollars in funding to launch Station Q Purdue. The project is part of Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) comprehensive global effort to pursue quantum computing.
Microsoft joins Google Inc. (GOOG) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in investing in efforts to discover a path to quantum computing. Quantum computing involves using the behavior of electrons to store and process information. The school says the concept is seen as a potential catalyst for scientific advances in fields ranging from cyber security to renewable energy.
Station Q Purdue is led by Michael Manfra,a professor in Purdue’s School of Materials Engineering and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. College of Science Dean calls Manfra "one of our brightest research stars."
In a release from Purdue, President Mitch Daniels said, "With literally the entire world of individual talent and institutional partners to pick from, Microsoft chose Purdue and these brilliant researchers. Thanks to them, when one day ultra fast quantum computing becomes real, Purdue will be a part of that historic moment."