Don’t miss colloquium speaker Gareth Meirion Griffith, PhD from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory when he presents “Engineering Mobility for Ocean World’s Robotic Systems” on Monday, October 21, at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall One West. In preparation for his talk, please fill out a short SurveyMonkey form by Thursday, October 17.  

In 1999, Nature published the first demonstration of a superconducting quantum bit, or qubit, a feat that relied on trillions of atoms operating in nearly perfect synchrony so that their collective, macroscopic, quantum state was either in 0, 1, or any desired complex superposition of the two. Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing, will give insight into their efforts as a full-stack quantum computing start-up that has provided 24/7 cloud access to quantum processors since 2017. 

Don’t miss our colloquium speaker this Monday, Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing. He will give insight into the quantum computing start-up’s efforts in quantum processors. He will describe system design considerations and challenges as industry scales up quantum technologies to hundreds of superconducting qubits that are continuously operated at temperatures colder than space, entangled and read out by a complex symphony of radio-frequency control electronics, as well as custom R&D solutions developed to satisfy demands imposed by…

Robert Knapp of Evergreen State College will give a colloquium titled “The Greening of Buildings.” The building sector is a key locus for promoting sustainability since it accounts for more than 40% of energy use in the U.S. and a similar proportion in greenhouse gas emissions. The colloquium will outline technical and organizational moves needed for progress, address technical and social prospects and limits for sustainable energy as it pertains to buildings, and provide specific inventions that would make a difference.

The Engineering Advisory Council’s next colloquium speaker will be Peter Shirron, Ph.D., from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He will speak on Space Cryogenics: Perspectives and New Challenges on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 1 pm in Wilson Hall One West. In preparation for his talk, please fill out a short SurveyMonkey form by Tuesday, August 27.  

Fermilab’s celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table kicks off with a piece of cake. Fermilab Colloquium hosts will serve attendees cake shaped as the Periodic Table of Elements in the Wilson Hall second-floor crossover. The celebration continues with the premiere of a Fermilab video on the Periodic Table and a show-and-tell poster on the UNESCO IYPT. After the coffee break, we’ll hear the Colloquium presentation by Princeton University’s Michael Gordin.

The question of where to site the International Linear Collider has been under discussion for years, and the project’s future direction is becoming clearer. KEK Director General Masanori Yamauchi will give a colloquium on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the status and possible future of the ILC in Japan. Come hear about this important project directly from one of its most important players.

Nature magazine published a column in 2015 titled, “Physicists, your planet needs you.” It was a call from prominent climatologists to physicists to help solve some of nature’s mysteries that are crucial to modeling the climate. Our Colloquium speaker this Wednesday, John Bradley Marston of Brown University, will speak about the fascinating connection he has unraveled between aspects of broken symmetry, condensed matter physics and climate science.

Fermilab is pleased to announce a special colloquium on Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. in One West. The colloquium speaker, KEK Director General Masanori Yamauchi, will provide an update on the ILC, its benefit to the international particle physics community and potential future plans. We encourage all Fermilab scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff and users to take this valuable opportunity to learn more about the ILC.