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Diversifying the workforce through industry-academic partnerships
Diversifying the workforce through industry-academic partnerships.

The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a first-of-a-kind collaboration between IBM and a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that seeks to address the lack of Black representation and build a diverse and aware workforce in quantum information science and engineering (QISE). Key pillars of the Center are focused on 1) building community and fostering a sense of belonging, 2) strengthening relationships internally and with the broader quantum community, and 3) providing funding to support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research at HBCUs. Since its launch, the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center has engaged a community of over 400 students, faculty, and researchers and will continue to establish a research presence in QISE and increase opportunities for research and workforce development.

Dr. Kayla Lee is the Academic Alliance Lead at IBM Quantum, where she leads strategic initiatives to develop the growing quantum ecosystem focused on accelerating research, technical exploration, and partner success. Kayla joined IBM Quantum in 2018 as an industry consultant, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies to explore potential quantum computing applications across industries, including healthcare & life sciences, financial services, and media & entertainment. In 2021, she was named on MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35. Kayla holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and a PhD in Systems Biology from Harvard University.

Dr. Kayla Lee will be presenting live in San Francisco at SPIE Photonics West. If you're unable to attend in-person join us virtually here on Zoom.

Jan 24, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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