Current Trends in Magnetism - Bios

E. Dan Dahlberg

Dr. E. Dan Dahlberg is a College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor and Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota. His education includes degrees from UTA working with Truman Black and a PhD from UCLA with advisor Raymond L. Orbach (although Orbach is a theorist, Dahlberg is an experimentalist). His current research interests include the fundamental statistical mechanics of the dynamics of mesoscale particles and the dynamics of spin glasses; he is the Director and PI of the Magnetic Microscopy Center (MMC) at the University. His honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Sept. 1981-1985, Outstanding Instructor Award, University of Minnesota, 1990, George Taylor/ IT Alumni Society Award for Teaching, 1992, elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995, elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1996, Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Science at UTA, 1998-99, University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award, 2002, George Taylor Distinguished Service Award, 2005, Elected Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Magnetics Society for 2010, the recipient of the Nicholson Medal of the American Physical Society recipient in 2013 and received a University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education and induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2018. His most notable professional service includes General Chairman of the Ninth Joint Intermag and Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference in 2001, Elected Divisional Councilor to the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, 1999- 2002, elected to Executive Board of American Physical Society, 2001-2002, elected Vice President, IUPAP 2006- 2009 and elected AAAS Physics Councilor, 2016-2018). He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the APS Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public (FOEP) and Past Chair of the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA).

Axel Hoffman

Axel Hoffmann has obtained his Diploma degree in physics from the RWTH Aachen in 1994 and his PhD degree in physics from the University of California – San Diego in 1999. Subsequently he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 he joined the Argonne National Laboratory as a staff scientist, and became in 2014 the Senior Group Leader of the Magnetic Thin Film Group within the Materials Science Division. In 2019 he joined the Department of Materials Science an Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Full Professor. His research interests encompass a wide variety of magnetism related subjects, including basic properties of magnetic heterostructures, spin-transport in novel geometries, and biomedical applications of magnetism. His main research focus has recently been on pure spin currents investigated by magnetotransport and magnetization dynamic measurements. He has more than 200 publications, five book chapters, three magnetism-related U.S. patents, and edited two books. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Physics and a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society, and IEEE. His awards include Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Magnetics Society in 2011, Outstanding Researcher Award by the Prairie Section of the American Vacuum Society 2015, President’s International Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016, and the Distinguished Performance Award of the University of Chicago in 2017.

Tim Mewes

Tim Mewes received his undergraduate degree in physics in 1999 from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the same University in 2002. He subsequently was a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University. He joined the University of Alabama in 2005, where he now works as a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Prof. Tim Mewes has published over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals on topics including epitaxial growth of magnetic thin films, exchange bias, influence of ion irradiation on magnetic properties, magnetic resonance force microscopy, broadband ferromagnetic resonance, magnetization dynamics, damping, and micromagnetics.

During his undergraduate and graduate studies Tim Mewes was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2010 Prof. Mewes received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for the investigation of the magnetization dynamics and damping in magnetic nanostructures. In 2011 he became a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, in 2014 he received the IBM Faculty Award, and in 2020 he was named Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society. Dr. Mewes currently chairs the Alabama chapter of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He chaired the 2016 IEEE International Conference of Microwave Magnetics in Tuscaloosa and has been active on program committees of several other international magnetism conferences. He is also a member of the American Physical Society.

Contact: Tim Mewes, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487, USA; web:; email:

Caroline Ross

Caroline Ross has been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1997, and is currently the Associate Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Before joining MIT she spent six years working at Komag, Inc. in San Jose, CA and two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She has a Bachelors degree and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK. She is a Fellow of the APS, the MRS, the UK Institute of Physics and the IEEE and was the Chair of the 2011 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference.