DSU President speaks on Quantum Computing

Quantum computing could be the next big technology that South Dakota’s research universities tackle under a bill that received a favorable recommendation from a Senate committee yesterday morning.


Quantum computing, according to Dakota State President Dr.Jose Marie Griffiths, is a new field of science and technology that draws on physical science, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Griffiths spoke more on the applications of Quantum Computing.



One of the key applications is in cybersecurity. Griffiths and other proponents say that “bad actors” could use quantum computing to break current encryption methods now used to protect governmental and corporate secrets and information.


Griffiths says time is of the essence.


On a more positive note, Griffiths and other proponents said it can be used to enhance decision-making, precision agriculture, national defense, medicine, and the development of new materials.



Griffith says the training of experts and teachers in the field will trickle down to even K-12 education, preparing students for the expected demand of programmers, teachers, and other experts.


SB45 would appropriate a little over $6 million to establish a virtual Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology at DSU, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The funds would be used to hire faculty and graduate students and to get time on “simulators” that mimic

quantum computing.


Governor Kristi Noem recommended the project in her Fiscal Year 2025 budget. Lobbyists from the South Dakota, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City Chambers of Commerce also spoke in favor of the center.


The measure passed the Senate Education Committee on a 6 to 0 vote. Now on to the Joint Appropriations Committee for further consideration.