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After multiple years of prototyping, testing, and simulating the conditions of outer space in labs at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), Dr. Thomas Jennewein and members of his research group are celebrating their next big milestone — their quantum source is finished and ready to be incorporated into the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat). The quantum source, called by the project’s full name, Reference-Frame Independent Quantum Communication for Satellite-Based Networks (ReFQ), is the result of a joint collaboration between Canada and the United Kingdom.

Today, the UN has proclaimed 2025 as the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology (IYQ). The year-long, worldwide initiative aims to celebrate the contributions of quantum science to technological progress over the past century, raise global awareness of its importance to sustainable development in the 21st century, and ensure that all nations, including Canada, have access to quantum education and opportunities.

The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is proud to congratulate Jack deGooyer, Caroline de Lima Vargas Simões and Sarah Odinotski, IQC PhD students who were awarded the 2024 Vanier Scholarship, one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships available in Canada for PhD students.

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The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo is pleased to congratulate IQC Canada Inc., for receiving $18.4 M in funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Science Fund (SSF). The fund aims to mobilize the expertise and resources of independent, third-party science and research organizations to enhance Canada’s science technology and innovation excellence.

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Congratulations to Dr. Rajibul Islam, a faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who has been awarded the 2024 Excellence in Science Teaching Award.

This annual award, selected by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science, recognizes instructors who have demonstrated sustained, high-quality teaching in their undergraduate or graduate courses.