US Senate News:
Source: United States Senator for New Hampshire Maggie Hassan
July 24, 2021
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has granted Dartmouth College $2,760,000 in federal funding to support its quantum genome mapping project. This is one of 29 projects that the Department of Energy is funding to study the materials and chemical processes needed to develop the next generation of quantum smart devices and quantum computing technology.
“Advancing quantum information sciences will support both our economy and national security,” said Senator Hassan. “I am glad that Dartmouth researchers continue to be at the forefront of innovation, and I will keep working on a bipartisan basis to invest in quantum research.”
“This federal funding is an important investment in the science that is foundational to so many aspects of our national security and our economy,” said Senator Shaheen. “It’s exciting to see Dartmouth continue to lead in innovative technologies that will bolster our state’s role in support of our national defense. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, I’ll continue to explore every avenue possible to empower our higher education institutions and companies, which make such critical contributions to our national security priorities.”
“The dedicated researchers at Dartmouth College have been behind countless scientific breakthroughs, and this funding will build on those efforts and help further our understanding of quantum phenomena,” said Representative Kuster. “I’m pleased Dartmouth College is receiving this grant, and I will continue working in Congress to support innovative scientific exploration and research projects here in New Hampshire.”
“Quantum information technologies are very likely to revolutionize the way we compute and transfer information. Our project will accelerate the discovery of new type of defects in materials that will facilitate the deployment and control of these promising technologies. We are very grateful to the Department of Energy to support basic research in this extremely promising field,” said Geoffroy Hautier, Hodgson Family Associate Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth.
Senator Hassan is leading efforts in Congress to invest in quantum research, which is critical to national security and the economy. Earlier this year, the Senate passed the bipartisan United States Innovation and Competition Act, which included Senators Hassan and John Thune’s (R-SD) bill to strengthen national security by advancing U.S. capabilities in quantum networking and establishing a more comprehensive approach to workforce development in this field. Senator Hassan has also introduced a bipartisan legislation to bolster the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD) to engage in quantum information sciences by utilizing existing partnerships, scholarships, and research programs within the DoD.