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JOHAN ÅKERMAN, NanOsc Instruments

Prof. Johan Åkerman has a Ph.D. in Materials Physics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. After a post-doc at University of California, San Diego, he joined Motorola, for four years, to be responsible for MRAM reliability. In 2005, he returned to Sweden to start his own research group at the Department of Materials and Nanophysics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In 2008 he was recruited as Full Professor to the Physics Department at University of Gothenburg, while remaining a Guest Professor at KTH. He is also the founder and CEO of two start-up companies, NanOsc AB, commercializing spintronic devices, and NanOsc Instruments AB, designing and manufacturing spectrometers for ferromagnetic resonance measurements at cryogenic and room temperatures. His main projects are related to spin torque and spin Hall nano-oscillators, with particular focus on mutual synchronization, magnetodynamical solitons, and oscillator networks for neuromorphic computing.


Dr. Davies is a senior physicist and program manager in NVE's advanced technology group. His primary expertise is in the development of nanoscale magnetic materials and demonstrating their viability in novel magnetoresistive devices, and tailoring them to customer requirements. Joe is an active member of the IEEE Magnetics Society and enjoys maintaining an academic vein in his work; seeking to publish in academic journals wherever possible.

ALINA DEAC, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Alina Deac holds a diploma degree in Physics from the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Master and PhD from the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. The focus of her PhD work was spin-momentum transfer-induced phenomena. She finished her PhD at SPINTEC in 2005. Thereafter, she continued to work in this field first as a JSPS Research Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba (Japan), a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Boulder (USA) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), and finally as an Ambizione Fellow at the Ecole Fédérale Polytechnique in Lausanne (Swizerland). Since October 2011, she is leader of the Spintronics group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf in Germany. Her present research is focused on spin-torque oscillators for wireless Information-Communication Technology, and in integrating new, ultra-high anisotropy Heusler alloys in such devices.


My research interests are in the characterization of magnetic materials, from 0D to 3D, including the development of quantitative measurement methods and SI-traceability through Standard Reference Materials. Materials range from metallo-organic frameworks, nano-objects, including nanoparticles and nanowires and polymer-magnetic nanoparticle nanocomposites for biomedical applications and thermometry, thin films for spintronics applications and nanomagnetic logic, and bulk materials for the magneto-caloric effect, as permanent magnets, as ultra-soft magnets, as spin glasses, and as superconductors.

CLAUDE FERMON, Institut Rayonnement-Matière de Saclay (Iramis), CEA, France

Dr. Fermon is a CEA lead scientist in fundamental research on Condensed Matter and Head of Nanomagnetism and Oxide Laboratory. His research interests include solid state NMR and NQR, submicron magnetic systems, spin waves, magnetic sensors and spin electronics, low field MRI and biomedical applications of spin electronics and magnetophysiology. He was awarded the Prix Anatole Abragam de l'académie des sciences in 1998 then the Prix Aimé Poirson de l'académie des sciences in 2008.

LIESL FOLKS, University of Arizona

Dr. Liesl Folks serves as Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. She holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD, both in Physics, from The University of Western Australia, as well as an MBA from Cornell. Prior to joining the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2012, she spent 16 years in research & development in the magnetic data storage sector, with IBM Almaden Research Center, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and Western Digital. Her R&D accomplishments include key contributions to the fields of nanoscale magnetic metrology, bit-patterned media, microwave-assisted magnetic recording, spin-transfer-torque sensors, and Hall cross sensors. Dr. Folks holds 14 U.S. patents and is co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers that have attracted more than 11,000 citations. In 2020, she chaired the National Academies Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

SHUNSUKE FUKAMI, Tohoku University

Shunsuke Fukami, Ph.D. is a Professor of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication in Tohoku University. His areas of expertise include spintronics physics/materials/devices and their application to integrated circuits and computing technologies. He received his Master degree in Nagoya University in 2005, and joined NEC Corporation. He received his Doctor degree from Nagoya University in 2012. In 2011, he moved to Tohoku University. He received a number of awards for his researches, including the JSAP Young Scientist Presentation Award, the Young Scientists' Prize of Science and Technology by the MEXT, Asian Union of Magnetics Societies, Young Researchers Award, the Outstanding Research Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan, and the JSAP Outstanding Paper Award.


Dr. Hadimani has first class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kuvempu University, India (2001), MS in Mechatronics from the University of Newcastle, UK (2003) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cardiff University, UK (2010). He has served as a Project Scientist from 2010 to 2011 at the Institute of Materials Research and Innovation of the University of Bolton, UK. He has developed a hybrid piezoelectric and photovoltaic energy harvester which is capable of harvesting electrical energy from solar, wind and rain energy. This invention was awarded the UK Energy Innovation Award in 2011 which was published in various news articles by BBC, New Scientist and Scientific America. He has also developed and patented piezoelectric polymer fiber that can be woven or knitted into energy harvesting fabric. Dr. Hadimani has been awarded the International Young Scientist Fellowship by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2013.

ATSUFUMI HIROHATA, University of York

Atsufumi Hirohata joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at University of York in September 2007. He has over 15 years of experience in spintronics, ranging from magnetic-domain imaging to spin-current interference. He is currently an editorial board member of Journal of Physics D and Spin. He is also a member of both Administrative and Technical Committees of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He holds a visiting associate professorship at Tohoku University and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship in collaboration with Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory.

MIN-FU HSIEH, National Cheng Kung University 

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering Ph.D., Department of Engineering, The University of Liverpool,
2000 Research Interests:

  • Electric Machine Design and Analysis
  • Electric Motor Drive and Control
  • Electric Vehicle Traction
  • Mechatronics
  • Renewable Energy

MARK KIEF, Seagate Technology

Senior Director/Managing Technologist at Seagate Technology Expertise Area: Magnetic Recording


Associate Professor (Adjunct), Electrical and Computer Engineering Head of Sensing Magnetism and Microsystems Group Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division

TERUO ONO, Kyoto University 

Professor, Division of Materials Chemistry - Nanospintronics

JOHANNES PAULIDES, Advanced Electromagnetics Group

Dr. Paulides is the CEO of AE-group, an electric motor & drive incubator.

TIFFANY SANTOS, Western Digital

Tiffany Santos is a Senior Manager at Western Digital in San Jose, California, working in the Research division on materials for non-volatile memory technology. She first joined the company in 2011, when it was previously known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, to work on research of media for heat-assisted magnetic recording. She received her SB and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she did her thesis research on magnetic tunnel junctions and thin film magnetism. After receiving a PhD, she became a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, and later an Assistant Scientist, in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. In 2009, she was awarded a L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science.

MINGZHONG WU, Colorado State University

Professor Laureate, CSU College of Natural Sciences, 2019 Ph.D., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1999 Editor, Physics Letters A, 2016 – present. Editor, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2019 – present Chair, Technical Committee of IEEE Magnetics Society, 2019 – present


Dr. Shinji Yuasa received a PhD in Physics from Keio University in 1996. After receiving his doctorate, he served as a staff scientist at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (Tsukuba, Japan) where he worked on spin-dependent transport in metallic magnetic multilayers. Since 2001, he has been a staff scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), working on the physics and device applications of MTJs. Since 2010, he has been a director of the Spintronics Research Center at AIST. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and has given more than 80 invited talks at international conferences. For his achievement of the giant TMR effect in MgO-based MTJs, he has been awarded or co-awarded 20 prizes, including the Asahi Award in 2007. He is now serving as a program co-chair for the 2013 Joint MMM/Intermag Conference and is a member of the advisory committee for the MMM Conference and an editor of Applied Physics Express.

WEISHENG ZHAO, Beihang University 

Prof. Weisheng Zhao (IEEE Fellow) is currently dean of the school of Microelectronics at Beihang University, he is also the director of Fert Beijing Research Institute and Beihang-Goertek Joint Microelectronics Institute. He graduated from University of Paris Sud in 2007 and was nominated as tenured research scientist at CNRS in France from 2009 to 2013. He is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (2017). In 2020, he became the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I-Regular Papers.