Sen. Kelly visits UA Quantum and Hypersonics Facilities

April 9, 2024

Senator Mark Kelly visits with students during his trip to campus.

The University of Arizona was honored to host Senator Mark Kelly and his staff at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences and College of Engineering on Friday. The Senator was welcomed by President Robbins and Elliott Cheu, Interim Vice President for Research, Impact, & Innovation, before touring the Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) with Optical Sciences Dean Tom Koch. 

The UA’s Center for Quantum Networks is a National Science Foundation-funded laboratory dedicated to laying the foundations of the quantum internet, which will revolutionize how humankind computes, communicates and senses the world by creating a fabric to connect quantum computers, data centers and gadgets using their native quantum information states of "quantum bits," or qubits.

The Senator then spent time at the Arizona Research Center for Hypersonics at the College of Engineering, led by Dean David Hahn. The UA has assembled an unrivaled collection of laboratories that provide fertile ground for addressing interdisciplinary challenges in hypersonics. The group toured some of these facilities, including two hypersonics wind tunnels designed to test and evaluate objects at speeds spanning from Mach 0 to 5 (Mach 1 being the speed of sound).

Finally, Senator Kelly and his team visited the new Applied Research Building, a facility that will expand the University’s capacity in the applied physical sciences and engineering.