The Department of Energy recently created the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee to advise the President, the Secretary of Energy, and the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science on the National Quantum Initiative (NQI). Now the committee is taking nominations for members of its inaugural class. Could you be one of the first members?
While the American Chemical Society won’t be submitting nominations, it encourages qualified chemists to submit their nominations, including self-nominations, to be part of this exciting new group. If the committee interests you, act quickly. Nominations are due October 4, 2019.
The goal of the committee is to enable Quantum Information Science and Technology research, in the name preparing the next generation companies and workers, while fostering international collaboration and ensuring economic and national security. Members will be required to attend meetings, review material, and engage with the rest of the committee both remotely and in person. The committee will be charged with assessing quantum information science and technology trends and developments, as well as managing, implementing, and possibly revising the NQI. It will also look for possible international collaborative opportunities and analyze relevant national security and economic considerations. The committee will provide biennial reports on the NQI to ensure that recommendations for improvements and changes are developed and promoted throughout the government.
The committee will have two co-chairs, one designation by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the other by the Secretary of Energy. The body will also have up to 21 additional members serving two-year terms, with eligibility for reappointment. The first class of members will serve through 2021. Participation in the committee is uncompensated.
The nomination process is simple. Send your letter of nomination, (including the nominee’s name, affiliation, and contact information) along with the basis for the nomination and the nominee’s field(s) of experience, as well as your biography and curriculum vitae, to NQIAC@science.doe.gov by Oct. 4, 2019.