WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-07) and Jennifer McClellan (VA-04), Monday introduced H.R. 6384, the Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science, Engineering, and Technology Act,” or the “Expand QISET Act,” a bipartisan bill to increase research capacity, education, infrastructure capacity, and broaden participation in quantum information science, engineering, and technology and related disciplines.
Quantum information science is a field that combines the principles of quantum mechanics with information theory to study the processing, analysis, and transmission of information.
“By expanding our research and programming in quantum information science, we are sustaining America’s position as a global innovator and empowering the next generation to discover what is possible in the world of science and technology,” Kean said. “I am proud to introduce this bill to further support the development of quantum research and education, unlocking the endless possibilities of tackling real-world challenges using quantum science.”
“Quantum information science is an exciting emerging field with the potential to lead to important scientific and engineering breakthroughs. I am proud to co-lead this legislation, which codifies the Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE) program at the National Science Foundation,” McClellan said. “The research and education initiatives supported by ExpandQISE are critical to broadening participation in STEM and developing talent in the next generation.”
This bill would direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make awards to expand research, education and infrastructure capacity, and broaden participation by:
- Spporting curriculum development.
- Funding grants for Quantum Education pilot programs.
- Leveraging local community readiness to secure a talent pipeline to meet the workforce needs of industry, government, and academia.
Congressman Kean serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.