STEM Careers at the NSA and Quantum Computing

Talk title: STEM Careers at the NSA and Quantum Computing

Speaker: Sean Nemetz-MA, National Security Agency

Location: Digital Media Center Theatre

Date: February 08, 2024 – 02:00 pm

The talk was hosted by CCT and sponsored by the Women in Math Society of the National Security Agency. This event promised to be a compelling exploration of the potential STEM careers at NSA agency, quantum computing, and cryptography. During the talk, the speaker discussed opportunities for a STEM career at the agency, followed by a more technical talk about quantum computing, its immediate application in public key cryptography, and the potential impact of quantum computing on the NSA’s mission.  

Here you can find more information about Wims, and the speaker.

We have also asked the students to register so we could do some statistics. 28 students registered, but there were more in the room. The majority of students were LSU Computer Science students, and there were also some from the Math Department.

The student attendees were engaged, and the event was well-received. Q&A continued among the speaker and attendees even after the event ended.

Below are graphs some graphs detailing attendee demographic by field and level of study, race/ethnicity, and gender identity.

Below is a list of minority or underrepresented groups to which some of the student attendees belong:

Racial minority, lgbtq+, and disability

Hispanic / Latino

Black American

African American


Hispanic female

LGBTQ+ community

Vietnamese, LGBTQ+

African American, LGBTQ+


HPX Tutorial Promo Video

As a build up for our Supercomputing tutorial, the STE||AR Group has put together a promotional video to generate interest in HPX. The video gives viewer a high level overview of what HPX is and what will be discussed at the tutorial. The SC15 Tutorials Committee will circulate this and other tutorial videos on its YouTube playlist. We would like to thank our colleague Randy Dannenberg and his students for helping us put this together!