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SMU Prof and SENTRIQS Team Up on Quantum Cybersecurity With $110K Air Force Grant

SMU Prof and SENTRIQS Team Up on Quantum Cybersecurity With $110K Air Force Grant
SMU's Klyne Smith, with over 30 years of experience in IT and telecommunications at companies like IBM, Caesars Entertainment, and Ericsson, will use his industry insights to explore quantum-safe communication solutions for military applications.

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SMU Professor and Cybersecurity Company Awarded $110,000 Grant from U.S. Air Force

Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas has announced that Klyne Smith, clinical associate professor of computer science at SMU Lyle, and cybersecurity company SENTRIQS, have been awarded a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to address cybersecurity challenges posed by quantum computers. Smith will provide insights to research and identify potential military use cases for SENTRIQS, a Georgia-based startup founded in 2023. The grant is part of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which encourages small businesses to participate in federal research and development along with nonprofit research institutions. Smith, who has over 30 years of experience in IT and telecommunications, will leverage his industry insights to research and identify potential military use cases for the technology. The SMU Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, continues to play a crucial role in advancing technological research and education. Quantum computing is considered a revolutionary technology that harnesses the principles of quantum mechanics to process data at speeds a million times faster than supercomputers, raising concerns around cybersecurity and the ability of these powerful machines to break modern cryptography.

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