Stephanie Hernandez

Stephanie obtained her Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her graduate research involved modeling magnetic recording media and spin‐torque based structures. After graduate school, she started working for Recording Head Operations at Seagate Technology in Bloomington, Minnesota as a read transducer designer. In 2015, she joined Seagate Research in Shakopee Minnesota, to model advanced Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording. Now, she is the Sr. Director of the Data Storage and Memory Devices group at Seagate Research. This team is responsible for conducting research on advanced hard drive, and other storage and memory, technologies through experimentation and physics-based simulation.

Yaroslav Mudryk

Yaroslav Mudryk received his MS degree in Chemistry with Honors (1997) and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2002) from Ivan Franko National University in L’viv, Ukraine. After spending several years as a staff scientist at the L’viv National University and as a visiting scientist at the Vienna University (Austria), he joined Karl Gschneidner’s group at Ames Laboratory as a post-doctoral associate in 2004.  Currently he is a staff scientist (Scientist III) and a principal investigator at Ames National Laboratory, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, studying magnetic rare earth materials.

Mudryk’s research focuses on physical behaviors of rare earth – based intermetallic compounds and magnetic refrigeration. The areas of his expertise include: a) experimental synthesis and characterization of rare earth intermetallic alloys and compounds, including single crystal growth; b) relationships between composition, structure and properties of 4f-based materials showing extraordinary response to external stimuli; c) coupled magnetic and structural solid-state transformations that lead to giant magnetocaloric effect, magnetostriction, and magnetoresistance phenomena; d) ferro- and ferrimagnetic lanthanide intermetallics with near-zero net magnetic moment. He also leads an effort to use machine learning for the discovery and physical behavior analysis of rare earth intermetallic alloys and compounds.

Charudatta Phatak

Dr. Charudatta Phatak is a Group leader of the Functional Nanoscale Heterostructures group in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2009. His expertise is on magnetic domain imaging using in-situ Lorentz transmission electron microscopy along with 3D tomographic reconstructions of scalar and vector fields. His research interests are focused on exploring magnetic domain behavior and emergent topological excitations in magnetic nanostructures, understanding effects of curvature on magnetic domains, and exploring new materials and phenomena for neuromorphic computing.

Thomas Schrefl

Thomas Schrefl is head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Magnet design through physics informed machine learning. He received his PhD from TU-Wien in 1993, where he habilitated in “Computational Physics” in 1999. He worked on the development of numerical micromagnetic solvers for applications in magnetic recording and permanent magnets. His current research interests include the use of machine learning in materials science.

Atsufumi Hirohata

Dr. Atsufumi Hirohata is a Professor in Nanoelectronics since October 2014 after joining the Department of Electronics (now Department of Electronic Engineering) in September 2007. He is currently the President-Elect of the IEEE Magnetics Society and an editor of Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials as well as Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, and an editorial board member of the other journals. His research interests are spintronic devices and magnetic materials.

Victorino Franco

Victorino Franco is a professor at the Condensed Matter Physics Department of the University of Seville, Spain. His main research interests cover magnetic materials for energy applications, including soft-magnetic, magnetocaloric materials and functional high entropy alloys. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed technical articles and received more than 10,000 citations to his work. In 2000, he received the Young Scientist Award from the Royal Physical Society of Spain, followed by the Young Scientist Award of the Royal Order of Chivalry of Seville in 2005. He has served as chair of the Spain Chapter of the IEEE Magnetics Society and chair of the Magnetic Materials Committee of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). He has been general chair for the 23rd Soft Magnetic Materials Conference and of the 2022 Joint MMM-Intermag Conference. He currently serves as Scientific Manager in the area of functional materials for the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI).

Xiaoyu (Criss) Zhang

Xiaoyu (Criss) Zhang is a senior Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University. His research focuses on processing-structure-property correlations in various magneto-functional materials for advanced energy conversion, including amorphous soft magnets, rare-earth-free permanent magnets, and magnetocaloric materials.

Mingzhong Wu

Mingzhong Wu received his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Electronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 1999, joined the Colorado State University (CSU) faculty in 2007, and is currently the Professor of Physics at CSU. His current research areas include spintronics, magnetization dynamics, and topological materials.  He has authored over 170 technical papers and 4 book chapters; he has also co-edited a book on magnetic insulators.  He served as an Editor for “IEEE Magnetics Letters” (2012-2016), and he is currently a Senior Editor for “Journal of Alloys and Compounds” and an Editor for “Physics Letters A.”  He was the Education Committee Chair (2012-2015) and Finance Chair (2015-2018) of the IEEE Magnetics Society and is currently the Chair of the Technical Committee of the Society.  He was named “Professor Laureate” by the College of Natural Sciences at CSU for 2019, 2020, and 2021, and was elected IEEE Fellow and APS Fellow in 2021.

Jian-Ping Wang

Jian-Ping Wang is the Robert F. Hartmann Chair and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a member of the graduate faculty in Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the director of the Center for Spintronic Materials for Advanced Information Technology (SMART), one of three SRC/NIST nCORE research centers. He received the information storage industry consortium (INSIC) technical award in 2006 for his pioneering experimental work in exchange coupled composite magnetic media, which enabled doubling the areal density for the perpendicular magnetic recording. He is a recipient of the outstanding professor award for his contribution to undergraduate teaching in 2010. He is also the recipient of 2019 semiconductor research corporation (SRC) Technical Excellence Award for his innovations and discoveries in nanomagnetics and novel materials that accelerated the production of magnetic random-access memories. His inventions have been used in HDD and MRAM products. Novel magnetic technologies developed from his lab have been explored by startups that he co-founded for the products for the diseases early detection and environment-friendly permanent magnets. He is a fellow of IEEE, APS and National Academy of Inventors.

Nora Dempsey

Nora Dempsey received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 1998. Since then she has been based at Institut Néel, CNRS Grenoble in France. She works on functional magnetic materials, with an emphasis on hard magnetic materials in film form. These films are used as model systems to guide the development of bulk magnets, and also to develop micro-magnets for use in various types of micro-devices.

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