AQET Courses


Course 1: Introduction to Quantum Information/Quantum Computing addresses the lack of QIST training currently offered in curricula outside physics. These courses will be offered during Autumn quarter. Three different course options will be offered, given the different domain-specific backgrounds of the students and the types of different research problems.

  • Introduction To Quantum Information Science And Engineering For Chemists And Materials Scientists (CHEM 561): This course targets chemistry and materials students, using familiar language and framework to explore core concepts of QIST, including computation, logic, and quantum physics. This course utilizes three hardware platforms to help students understand the core scientific concepts that govern their operation and how materials play a role: trapped ions, defects in crystals, and superconducting qubits. An introduction to sensing, communication, and computation applications is provided at the end of the course through student presentations.
  • Introduction to Quantum Computing (CSE 599Q): This course is primarily targeted at CSE and computationally-oriented ECE students, providing an introduction to quantum computing and quantum algorithms. No prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is assumed. This course covers topics like the circuit model of quantum computing, query complexity, and quantum complexity theory.
  • Quantum Information (PHYS 521A): Offered in physics, this course targets physics students and interested CSE and ECE majors with appropriate background in quantum mechanics. This course provides students with the background needed to understand modern quantum information hardware on both the physical and the mathematical levels by focusing on both implementations of quantum computing and quantum information theory.

Course 2: Control and Characterization of Quantum Systems (PHYS 522) Winter quarter: Expected to be the main course used to satisfy this requirement. Required for trainees in the NRT:AQET program. Brings together all students in an innovative, project-based course that highlights the challenges in implementing quantum information systems. The course combines the different skills sets to implement and characterize quantum information processing performance on IBM quantum computers using the Qiskit platform. Topics include quantum tomography, entanglement witnesses, randomized benchmarking, and quantum control.

Course 3: Advanced Topics in Quantum Information the third phase of the program, encompasses a range of domain-specific courses in advanced topics. Many different courses can satisfy this requirement.

Independent Research

There are three ways to satisfy the independent research requirement.

  • AQET Capstone- EE 522 Quantum Information Practicum Spring quarter (4 credits): This course is the primary way to fulfill the independent research requirement. Course is under development and will likely be offered by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. If a student cannot take the capstone course, they may consider one of the following options instead.
  • Independent research (1-2 quarters, min 4 credits): Any faculty-led research in quantum information will be considered. The research project must be led by a faculty who is not the students’ PhD advisor, to avoid overlap with thesis work (which cannot be applied to the Certificate). The project must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Graduate QISE group. The completion of the project includes a presentation in the Fall AQET symposium with a written report of results. Submitted publication can be substituted for the written report. 
  • Internship (1-2 quarters, min 4 credits): An internship directly in the QISE field. To meet the independent research component, the student must have a UW faculty co-advisor. The completion of the project includes a written report of results and a presentation in the Fall AQET symposium. A submitted publication can be substituted for the written report (if the publication is not fulfilling a requirement in the student’s primary program).


AQET is enabled by the close relationship UW has with local industry and labs with QISE efforts. AQET will be supported by a weekly seminar series, EE 500Q, starting in Winter 2022, which will serve as a vehicle for exposure to current industry opportunities and academic research in QISE.

Professional Development Training

In addition to weekly seminars, quarterly professional development workshops provide trainees with skills in self-awareness, cultural responsiveness, implicit bias, project management, team communication and trust, scientific communication (general public, scientific presentation, scientific writing), interviewing, resume preparation, and entrepreneurship.