As a growing hub for quantum information science and technology, the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is committed to inspiring and nurturing new talent. Quantum computing is still very much in its early stages, and there are vast opportunities for discovery across a diversity of backgrounds and disciplines.

This past July, AQT Scientist and Head of Hardware Kasra Nowrouzi hosted a visit from undergraduate students undertaking the summer National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. 

Accompanied by UC Davis faculty members Javier Arsuaga and Greg Kuperberg, the diverse group of students learned firsthand about the type of cutting-edge work at AQT in superconducting circuits for quantum information. The group learned about some of the complex questions and engineering challenges that researchers and testbed users wrestle with at AQT. 

Students and faculty shared some of their perspectives on the quantum lab visit.  

“Dr. Nowrouzi gave an informative and engaging tour of the LBNL quantum computing lab. He described obstacles to quantum computing (such as decoherence) and showed us the lab’s approach to testing and overcoming those obstacles. As I contemplate how and what kinds of mathematical research will play into my future, the tour added another dimension for me to consider. Thank you, Dr. Nowrouzi and LBNL!” 

Kristina M. 


“We very much enjoyed the visit and learned a lot. I think our students noticed the excitement in your labs and the level of care and detail that goes into these experiments. I personally loved it.” 

Javier Arsuaga 

Director, UC Davis REU: Pure and Applied Mathematics

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Department of Mathematics.