V Former Josiah Somani was chosen to take part in the IBM Quantum Computing course, an eight month online class. Somani was one of 5,000 students from around the world.
The course, titled “Qubit by Qubit’s Introduction to Quantum Computing,” includes live presentations taught by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University quantum scientists. By the end of the program, students will have the foundational knowledge of quantum computing.
“Quantum computing is exciting to me because it is the future of computing,” said Somani. “The field will allow us to build quantum computers to tackle problems that normal computers simply cannot solve.”
Quantum computing is exciting to me because it is the future of computing. The field will allow us to build quantum computers to tackle problems that normal computers simply cannot solve.
The class, which meets during after school hours, is providing challenging work, including a look at foundational theories such as superposition and entanglement. Somani says he’s also being introduced to the topics in mathematics and physics which support aspects of quantum computing.
“I’m learning more about linear algebra and advanced physics, even though I won’t take Advanced Physics until next year,” said Somani. “However, the underlying mathematics knowledge required will certainly help me in my classes at Haverford. Quantum computing and mechanics are not just one little niche field. It really calls for a lot of knowledge and understanding in other classical fields.”
Somani has had several mentors throughout his time in the Upper School, including Middle School science teacher Marion Jacob, Upper School science teachers Will Leech and Adam Myers.