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MRAM Forum Award Ceremony and Plenary Session Annual Meeting Tutorial Focus Sessions and Symposia Meet the Experts Women in Magnetism Entrepreneurship Session Bierstube

12th MRAM Global Innovation Forum

Chaired by Bernard Dieny (CEA/SPINTEC)
Co-Chairs: Kevin Garello (SPINTEC) and Luc Thomas (Applied Materials)

Supported by:

Live Session - Tuesday, 27 April
8:00 am CST (Asia)
2:00 am CEST (Europe)
7:00 pm CDT (US) NOTE: This is Monday evening, 26 April.

MRAM Brochure

This one-day Forum will feature ten prerecorded invited talks available on-demand starting 19 April 2021, and will give an overview of the present status of industrial MRAM development and discuss the foreseen evolutions. During the Live Session, each speaker will give a brief summary of their talk, followed by live Q&A. Immediately after, there will be a live panel discussion, focusing on such topics as what we need to do bring MRAM to the next level, and what breakthroughs do we need to make MRAM (or spintronics) an integral part of CMOS electronics at advanced nodes. The launching of volume production of STT-MRAM by major microelectronics companies marks the adoption of this hybrid CMOS/magnetic technology by microelectronics industry. This constitutes a major achievement for spintronics R&D which opens further perspective of spintronic applications.

MRAM Physics, Materials and Process Integration
  • Tiffany Santos (Western Digital)
  • Sahil Patel (Applied Materials)

MRAM Product Development
  • Eric Edwards (IBM)
  • Jeong-Heon Park (Samsung)
  • Johannes Muller (Global Foundries)
  • Yuan-Jen Lee (TSMC)

Design-technology Interaction
  • Shinobu Fujita (Kioxa)
  • Jack Guedj (Numem)

  • Shunsuke Fukami (Tohoku University)
  • Manu Perumkunnil (IMEC)

Panel discussion: What do we need to bring MRAM to next level?
Moderated by Luc Thomas (Applied Materials)
  • Simone Bertolazzi (Yole)
  • Gouri Sankar Kar (IMEC)
  • Daniel Worledge (IBM)
  • Seung Kang (Qualcomm)
  • Ko-Min Chang (NXP Semiconductor)

MRAM Forum Bios

IEEE Magnetics Society Award Ceremony and Plenary Session

Chaired by Juergen Fassbender (HZDR, Institute of Ion Beam Physics & Materials Research) and Bernard Dieny (CEA/SPINTEC)

Live Session - Wednesday, 28 April
8:30 pm CST (Asia)
2:30 pm CEST (Europe)
7:30 am CDT (US)

The IEEE awards ceremony will recognize awardees from both 2020 and 2021. The Plenary Session will immediately follow the Awards Ceremony. The two prerecorded Plenary Talks will be available on-demand starting 19 April 2021. During the Live Session, the speakers will each give a brief summary of their talk, followed by a live Q&A. Attendees are highly encouraged to submit questions to the speakers in advance of the Live Session via the online Chat Boards.

2020 Achievement Award Winner: 
Chia-Ling Chien, Johns Hopkin University
For pioneering discoveries in magnetic materials, nanostructures, and spin phenomena; for training young researchers; and providing invaluable service to the community.

2021 Achievement Award Winner: 
Eric Fullerton, University of California, San Diego
For groundbreaking and sustained contributions to the invention and development of modern exchange-coupled magnetic recording media and devices.

2021 Mid-Career Award Winner: 
Geoffrey Beach, MIT Boston
For pioneering contributions to the understanding of chiral exchange interactions, spin-orbit torques, domain wall and skyrmion dynamics in magnetic films, heterostructures and nanostructures. Awarded in 2021 for the first time.

2020 Early-Career Award Winner: 
Jean Anne Incorvia, University of Texas at Austin
For contributions to implementation of von Neumann and neuromorphic magnetic computing prototypes using spins in two-dimensional systems.

2021 Early-Career Award Winner: 
Kerem Camsari, University of California, Santa Barbara
For contributions to the theory and practice of using low barrier nanomagnets for probabilistic computing. 

2020 Distinguished Service Award Winner: 
Gareth Hatch, Strategic Materials Advisors Ltd.
In recognition of a decade of outstanding service as Editor of the Magnetics Society Newsletter, and in particular for transforming it into a modern and engaging communications vehicle that is available through multiple channels.

2021 Distinguished Service Award Winner: 
Manuel Vázquez, Spanish National Council for Research, CSIC, Madrid
For tremendously strengthening IEEE Magnetics Society outreach worldwide and dedicated efforts to engage new people in service to the society.

Awards and recognition will also be given to the Distinguished Lecturers, Summer School Award Winners, Best Student Presen¬tation Finalists, and Magnetism as Art Finalists.

Antiferromagnetism: Celebrating 50 years since the Nobel Prize
Ivan K. Schuller, Distinguished Professor of Physics Chair, Center for Memory and Recording Research, University of California, San Diego 

Dr. Ivan Schuller, a member of the Latin American, Chilean, Spanish, Colombian, Belgian, Latin American Academies and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has won major science and TV prizes including the American Physical Society (Wheatley and Adler), Materials Research Society (Medal and Somiya), Department of Energy (Lawrence), Department of Defense (Vannevar Bush), European (Humboldt and Lise Meitner) and several regional Emmys. His more than 600 papers and 20 patents established the field of metallic superlattices key for the start of Spintronics, determined the structure of YBCO high temperature superconductor, and established the phenomenology of many hybrid heterostructures including exchange bias. His recent basic research on the properties of quantum-materials has direct relevance for Energy Efficient Bioinspired Computing and Sensors.

From Spin-Resolved Atomic-Resolution Imaging to Magnetic Materials and Devices by Design
Roland Wiesendanger, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg 

Dr. Roland Wiesendanger’s scientific interests include nanomagnetism and nanospintronics, unconventional superconductivity and topological physics. Since the end of the eighties, he has pioneered the technique of Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (SP-STM) which allowed the first real-space observation of magnetic structures at the atomic level, leading to numerous discoveries of novel types of magnetic states and phenomena in low-dimensional systems. In particular, Dr. Wiesendanger and his team discovered chiral magnetic domain walls, spin spirals and individual nano-scale magnetic skyrmions in ultrathin films and demonstrated that skyrmions can be individually written and deleted by vertical injection of spin-polarized currents or by local electric fields. Moreover, based on SP-STM studies of individual magnetic atoms and their distance-dependent interactions, all-spin atomic-scale devices could be demonstrated by combining single-atom manipulation techniques with spin-sensitive imaging at the atomic scale. Time- and spin-resolved studies led to fundamental insight into thermally and spin-current induced magnetization switching down to the atomic level.

IEEE Magnetics Society Annual Meeting

Chaired by: Masahiro Yamaguchi, IEEE Magnetics Society President

Live Session - Wednesday, 28 April
10:30 pm CST (Asia)
4:30 pm CEST (Europe)
9:30 am CDT (US)

The Magnetics Society Annual Meeting is open to all Conference attendees. Please join us to learn more about what the IEEE Magnetics Society is doing to support and strengthen the magnetics community, and about the benefits of belonging to the Society. Your suggestions and feedback are most welcome. By joining the IEEE Magnetics Society, you become part of the world’s best-known magnetics organization. In addition to discounts on Conference registrations, you will gain access to local Chapter events and technical activities.

To join today, go to

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS - Use the promo code FUTURE50 for 50% off your IEEE Student Membership Due.

Tutorial: Magnetism and the Environment

Chaired by Johannes Paulides (AE Group)

Live Session - Monday, 26 April
9:00 pm CST (Asia)
3:00 pm CEST (Europe)
8:00 am CDT (US)

This Tutorial will feature three prerecorded invited talks available on-demand starting 19 April 2021. Electricity is the best suited vector of energy to meet the challenges of our societies. It allows an increase in energy efficiency and a reduction in polluting emissions. Electric machines are one of the most important, if not the most important, components of electrical energy production and conversion process. They are present upstream and downstream from this process. Upstream, electric generators allow converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. They can be found in power plants, wind turbines, in motor vehicles, and aircrafts. Downstream, motors and electric actuators allow converting electrical energy into mechanical work. The symposium will provide a state-of-the-art on electric machines and actuators and different aspects related to electric machines and actuators analysis, design and applications. The emphasis is on newly developed structures, and new challenging applications, such as high temperature superconducting machines, hybrid excited synchronous machines, high power density electric machines, high speed machines, offshore wind turbine generators, racing car traction, and maglev trains both from an academic and industrial point of view. During the Live Session, the speakers will each give a brief summary of their talk, followed by a live Q&A.

Magnetic Refrigeration: From Fundamentals to Applications
Oliver Gutfleisch, TU Darmstadt

Magnetics of Motor Drive System for Electrical Vehicle
Keisuke Fujisaki, Toyota Technological Institute

Rare Earth Magnet Recycling: The Missing Link in a Circular Economy
Kiril Mugerman, Geomega Resources

Focus Sessions and Symposia


The Focus Sessions will each feature six prerecorded invited and contributed talks, and the Symposia will each feature six prerecorded invited talks, all available on-demand starting 19 April 2021. During the Live Session (see the Program Overview for specific dates and times), the invited speakers will each give a brief summary of their talk, followed by a live Q&A moderated by the Session Chair. Attendees are highly encouraged to submit questions to the speakers in advance of the Live Session via the online Chat Boards

Bench to Bedside Transition of Biomagnetic Research: How Close Are We?
Live Session: Tuesday, 27 April
4:30 pm CST (Asia)
10:30 am CEST (Europe)
3:30 am CDT (US)

Biological applications of magnetic fields and magnetic materials cover a variety of research areas from human and animal health through food safety to environmental issues. Magnetism contributes to proposed solutions for detection, diagnosis and prognosis, and for therapy or treatment. While some of these applications show promise, others are already a reality. This symposium will gather successful cases in which magnetism is used for life sciences. We will learn how far we are in magnetic neurostimulation, imaging, biosensing, or cancer fight. This session will attract specialists in magnetic sensors, fluids and rheology, nanomaterials or micromagnetics, and an audience interested in finding out more on how magnetism can contribute to health and life care. The invited lectures will cover hot topics of biomedical applications of magnetism:

  • Fast low-cost magnetic resonance imaging as an alternative to X-radiation for hard tissue. How far are we of seeing this in dental clinics?
  • Tumor therapy by magnetic particle vibrations
  • Imaging and quantifying transition metal ion in human brain for early detection and diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders

Magnetorheological Composite Materials and Applications
Live Session: Tuesday, 27 April
10:30 pm CST (Asia)
4:30 pm CEST (Europe)
9:30 am CDT (US)

This focus session seeks to highlight key new advances in the field of magnetorheological composite materials (MCMs). MCMs are composites that disperse magnetic particles, such as ferromagnetic spherical particles, flakes or rods, in a matrix material that can vary from a lightly viscous fluid, to a highly viscous grease, to a soft polymer or viscoselastic solid. These talks will describe how magnetic particles, dispersed in a matrix, can be used to developed MCMs with field controllable damping, stiffness and other mechanical, electrical or thermal properties. These will also include key background explaining relevant practical applications, and how the tools of magnetism are exploited to meet the requirements of these applications. This symposium will clarify for non-experts, with backgrounds in magnetics, some of the key opportunities for applications of such MCMs in aerospace and automotive vehicles, as well as component level applications such as dampers, isolators, inerters, or actuators. Each speaker will also provide an assessment of their materials and application, and describe the key challenges remaining for successful practical implementation. The key objective of this symposium is to provide a broad perspective on magnetorheological composite materials utilizing various types of matrix materials, and utilizing magnetic fields to create anisotropies in the composite.


  • 2D Materials for Spintronics
  • Electrical Machines and Drives 2020 and Beyond
  • New Trends in Skyrmionics: Materials, Dynamics and Detection Techniques
  • Progress and Prospects of Advanced Magnetic Microscopies
  • Spin Angular Momentum Transport: Spin Waves Pushing New Frontiers
  • Spin Conversion Efficiency by Various Methods Towards Device Applications
  • Spintronics for Probabilistic Computing
  • Terahertz Spintronics

View Speakers for Focus Sessions and Symposia

Meet the Experts

This session is limited to pre-registrants only. If you registered for this session but did not receive the link to your session yet, please contact

Students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to attend Meet the Experts. This event provides young researchers with the exclusive opportunity to participate in a small-group video discussion and get expert advice on career planning, technical paper writing and publication, job searches and interviews, society involvement, and more.

There is a 20-participant limit for each Meet the Expert session, so register now to get your spot! You may register for only ONE session and can select the Expert during registration. Each participant will be asked to create one slide to share with their expert in advance of the session to include your background, expertise, areas of interest, research, etc. These “ice-breaker” slides will be used to help facilitate a productive discussion. Instructions for when and where to send your slide will be sent to you after you register.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These sessions are extremely popular and traditionally have a long waiting list, which is difficult to call upon in a virtual setting. We will be monitoring the slide submissions. If we do not receive your slide by the deadline provided, we will contact you to give you one more day to submit. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are no longer planning to attend and will move someone from the waiting list into your spot. Please make every effort to let us know in advance if your plans change and you are unable to attend.


Supported by:

  • Shunsuke Fukami, Tohoku University - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Min-Fu Hsieh, National Cheng Kung University - Motor & Power
  • Teruo Ono, Kyoto University - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Shinji Yuasa, AIST - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Weisheng Zhao, Beihang University - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena


Supported by:

  • Joe Davies, NVE - Instrumentation, Sensors & Interdisciplinary
  • Cindi Dennis, NIST - Biomagnetism
  • Liesl Folks, University of Arizona - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Ravi Hadimani, VCU - Biomagnetism
  • Mark Kief, Seagate - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Tiffany Santos, Western Digital - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Mingzhong Wu, Colorado State University - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena


Supported by:

  • Johan Akerman, NanOsc - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Alina Deac, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Claude Fermon, Universite Paris-Saclay - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Atsufumi Hirohata, University of York - Spintronic & Recording, Materials & Phenomena
  • Jurgen Kosel, Kaust - Instrumentation, Sensors & Interdisciplinary
  • Johannes Paulides, AE Group - Motor & Power

View Expert Bios

Women in Magnetism Networking Event

Supported by:

Live Session - Wednesday, 28 April
12:30 am CST (Asia) NOTE: This is Thursday, 29 April.
6:30 pm CEST (Europe)
11:30 am CDT (US)

Expand your professional network! Don’t miss the Women in Magnetism Networking Event, supported by Seagate. This is a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with women in the profession and to discuss a range of topics including leadership, work-life balance, and professional development. We will begin with a panel of women who will each share a little bit about their experience as a woman in magnetism. Of particular interest are stories about overcoming adversity, things that were helpful career-wise, and advice for other women in the field. After the panel, we will open up the meeting for discussion and networking, both with the speakers and individually. All students, researchers and retirees are encouraged to attend.


  • Sangita Kalarickal, Seagate Research (Minnesota, USA)
  • Jean Anne Incorvia - University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • Montserrat Rivas - University of Oviedo (Spain)
  • Claire Donnelly - University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Special session: "Entrepreneurship: Launching a Start-up Company"

    Chaired by Stephane Mangin (University of Lorraine)

    Supported by:

    Live Session - Thursday, 29 April
    8:00 pm CST (Asia)
    2:00 pm CEST (Europe)
    7:00 am CDT (US)

    This special session will feature three speakers from Europe, USA and Asia, who will share their experience in launching a start-up company. The three prerecorded invited talks will be available on-demand starting 19 April 2021. During the Live Session, these speakers will each give a brief summary of their talk, followed by a live Q&A moderated by the Session Chair. Attendees are highly encouraged to submit questions to the speakers in advance of the Live Session via the online Chat Boards.

    Jean Pierre Nozières, President and CEO, Antaios 

    Jean-Pierre is the founder of four MRAM-related start-ups: Crocus Technology, where he served as CTO, eVaderis, Hprobe and Antaios for which he currently serves as President and CEO. He is a research director from CNRS, France’s largest research organization and he was up to 2015 the founder and Executive Director of Spintec laboratory, from which Antaios was spun-off. Jean-Pierre also worked in the past at IBM’s Storage System Division and Applied Magnetics Corporation in the US. He graduated from Grenoble INP and holds a PhD in Physics from Grenoble University.

    Andrew Kent, Professor of Physics, Founding Director, Center for Quantum Phenomena, New York University 

    Andrew Kent is a Professor of Physics and Founding Director of the Center for Quantum Phenomena at New York University. His research interests are in the physics of magnetic nanostructures, nanomagnetic devices and magnetic information storage. In 2007 he founded Spin Memory Inc., a company based in Fremont, California, developing spin torque magnetic random access memory devices he invented at NYU. Kent is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), has served as chair of APS topical group on magnetism and its applications (GMAG) and is an advisory board member of the Committee of Concerned Scientists. Kent accomplishments were recognized by an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lorraine (“Docteur Honoris Causa” de l'Universite de Lorraine), in September 2013. He received the French Jean d'Alembert Research Fellowship in 2017 and was named Professor at Lorraine in the 2018 Lorraine University Excellence Initiative.

    Xueying Zhang, Assistant Professor, Beihang University  

    Xueying Zhang was born in China in 1987. He received B.S. and M.E. degrees from the Ecole Centrale de Pekin, Beihang University, Beijing, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively, and double Ph.D. degrees from Beihang University and University Paris-Saclay in 2018. His current research interests include the domain wall motion in ferromagnetic nanowire, the excitation and propagation of spin wave, and magneto dynamic measurements via magneto-optical Kerr effect.


    Monday, 26 April 6:30pm CEST (best for Europe)
    Monday, 26 April 6:00 pm CDT (best for US)

    Thursday, 29 April 4:30 pm CST (best for Asia)
    Supported by:

    Please join us for a virtual "Bierstube in the Park". There will be three Bierstuben held as a part of INTERMAG this year, during “happy hour” in each of our three main time zones. We hope to see you there! And please be sure to visit our Partners Corner located in the northeast section of the park.