Bryan Gaensler

Bryan Gaensler is the Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, a Professor in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and a Canada Research Chair in Radio Astronomy. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1999, and subsequently held positions at MIT, the Smithsonian, Harvard, and the University of Sydney, before joining the University of Toronto in 2015. He has served as the Canadian Science Director for the Square Kilometre Array and as the co-chair of the Canadian Astronomy Long Range Plan 2020-2030, and is the co-chair of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence (TIDE). Gaensler has published more than 400 research papers on cosmic magnetism, interstellar gas and cosmic explosions, while his best-selling popular astronomy book “Extreme Cosmos” has been translated into five languages. Gaensler is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a former Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and gave the 2001 Australia Day Address to the nation. His research has been recognised by the American Astronomical Society (Pierce Prize), Australian Academy of Science (Pawsey Medal), and Canadian Astronomical Society (Martin Award), and has twice (2005, 2020) been named as one of Science magazine’s “Breakthroughs of the Year”.

Roger Rennan Fu

Roger is the John L Loeb Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.  You will usually find him working on the most ancient rocks he can find using newly developed magnetic field sensors.  He joined the faculty at Harvard in 2017 after a PhD at MIT.

Juan Luis Palma Solorza

  • Engineer in Physics, Universidad de Santiago 2008
  • Doctor in Science, Physics, Universidad de Santiago, 2012.
  • Researcher of the Center for the development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, since 2016.
  • Full professor, Universidad Central de Chile, since 2016.
  • Expertise in magnetic nanostructures and its characterization (

Qiming Shao

Qiming Shao is an assistant professor in the departments of Electronic and Computer Engineering and Physics (by courtesy) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Bachelors degree from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His spintronic quantum material laboratory (SQML) aims to realize energy and time-efficient hardware for physical and quantum intelligence. His research interests are novel electronic and spintronic materials and structures for memory, neuromorphic and quantum computing applications. His research works are published in top peer-reviewed journals and conferences, including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, and International Electron Device Meeting. He is a recipient of IEEE Magnetics Society’s 2022 Early Career Award, UCLA 2018-2019 Dissertation Year Fellowship, Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award, 2019 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, and two Best Poster Awards at the 2018 International Conference on Magnetism. He was the chair of the IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits from 2020 to 2021. He is now the Treasurer of the IEEE Hong Kong Magnetics Chapter.

Hossein Sepehri-Amin

Dr. H. Sepehri-Amin is a principal researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, Japan. He received his Ph. D. in 2011 from University of Tsukuba. His research interest is design and development of high-performance magnetic materials for green energy conversions and data storage applications. This includes permanent magnets, soft magnetic materials, magnetocaloric materials, and energy assisted recording media. He received a number of awards for his research, such as German Innovation Award (Gottfried Wagener Prize), Honda memorial young researcher award, Magnetic Society of Japan outstanding research award, Japan Institute of Metals young researcher award.

Montserrat Rivas

Montserrat Rivas works in the Department of Physics, University of Oviedo, Spain. Her doctorate is in physics. During her studies, she carried out research in the Laboratoire de Magnetisme et Optique (CNRS) in Bellevue (Paris) and the Laboratoire Louis Néel (CNRS) in Grenoble.

Currently, she researches magnetic materials with a particular focus on biomedical applications and sensing of magnetic nanoparticles. She leads a multidisciplinary group specialising in magnetic bio-detection for point-of-care use.

Montserrat serves as the Chief Open Access Editor of the IEEE Magnetics Society and as Lead Editor of its special section in IEEE Access. She is the president of the Spanish Club of Magnetism.

She believes that effective oral communication of science is critical for disseminating and advancing knowledge and can boost a researcher’s professional network and career. She has given seminars and classes for graduate students to help improve their scientific oral communication skills.

Laura Lewis

Laura H. Lewis is the Distinguished University and Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to her Northeastern University position, she was a research group leader and Associate Department Chair in the Nanoscience Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Concurrently, she was the Deputy Director of the BNL Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a DOE national user facility to provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate and study nanoscale materials.

Laura’s research focuses on investigating the materials factors at the atomic level that provide functionality to magnetic and electronic materials, with particular expertise in advanced permanent magnets. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 100 invited presentations at national and international venues. She has participated on a number of advisory panels and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Critical Materials Institute (a DOE Energy Innovation Hub) and is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to develop supply chain and sustainability standards to ISO TC298 (Rare Earths) and ISO TC333 (Lithium), American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Laura is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was Conference Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2008 – 2018) and was Chair of the IEEE Magnetics Society Technical Committee (2017-2019). She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fulbright Fellow as well as a member of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Elin Winkler

Elin L. Winkler is Researcher of National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Researcher of National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and Professor at the Balseiro Institute, Cuyo National University (IB-UNCuyo) in Argentina.  She is currently the Head of the Magnetic Resonance Lab at the Bariloche Atomic Center (CAB-CNEA). She received her Ph.D. in Physics in 2000 from the IB-UNCuyo Argentina. In her Thesis she studied the Electric and magnetic interactions in L-alanine crystals doped with transition metal ions and the radiation effects. Then she moved to the USA for two years to perform Postdoctoral research work in the group of Professor John B. Goodenough at the Texas Material Institute in the University of Texas at Austin. During this stage she studied the Localized to itinerant electronic transition in transition-metal oxides. In 2003 she returned to Argentina where she made a second postdoc where she investigated the Magnetic Properties of Nanoparticles under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Zysler. In 2005 she took a position as researcher of CONICET in the Magnetic Resonance Lab. Since then she designs and fabricates new nanostructured materials based on magnetic nanoparticles and studies their physic-chemical properties in order to tune the response for different applications in electronic, biomedicine and environmental remediation. She is co-author of more than 80 papers in peer-review journals, two book chapters and more than 100 contributions to local and international conferences, in these research lines she supervises Postdoctoral, PhDs. and M.S. students.

Prem Piramanayagam

Associate Prof. S.N. Piramanayagam has an experience of 30 years in the field of magnetism with research topics ranging from amorphous magnetic alloys for energy applications, permanent magnetic materials to thin films and nanostructures for recording and spintronics applications. His current interest lies in the inter-disciplinary areas of magnetism, electronics and nanotechnology. His research aims to gain understanding and solve issues related to areas such as Spintronics, Magnetic Recording and Energy. He has recently secured a multi-million dollar grant for research on Spin-based Neuromorphic Computing.

S.N. Piramanayagam obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Madurai Kamaraj University, India in 1985. He did his Masters degree in Physics from University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India and his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. After his PhD, he carried out further research at Shinshu University, Japan (from 1995-1999).

S.N. Piramanayagam is a senior member of IEEE. He serves as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, as an editorial board member of Scientific reports (Nature publishing Group) and Physica Status Solidi-RRL. He has served as the chair of IEEE Magnetics Society Technical Committee. He has more than 175 publications in ISI journals, filed several patents and edited a book titled “Developments in Data Storage: Materials Perspective”. Ten PhD students and several FYP and Masters students have graduated under his supervision. Prior to joining NTU, he worked in Data Storage Institute, Singapore (A*STAR).

Vivian Ng

Vivian Ng is a professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore. She obtained her BSc from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and her PhD from University of Cambridge. Her expertise is in nanofabrication techniques and nanosphere lithography, as well as studying nanocrystals/nanomagnets in oxide, thin film magnetism and tunneling devices. Her research achievements include establishing unique methods for quality thin magnetic films with precise control of grain size, alternative ways of large scale patterning, pushing the limits of lithography and characterization of these nanostructures for magnetoresistive effects, domain studies and other spintronics effects.

Dr Ng led major efforts to set up the Information Storage Materials Laboratory and the Nanotechnology Facility in the NUS, one of the first facilities in the NUS with nanostructure fabrication capabilities. She has trained many postgraduate students who are now contributing in industry, academia or research institutes.

Dr Ng is a Member of Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and a reviewer for several international journals. She has also been actively involved in organization of several international conferences, including INTERMAG and MMM conferences. She also served in IEEE Magnetics Society Education Committee and IEEE Magnetics Administrative Committee. She presently serves on the International Advisory Committee for the International Colloquium for Magnetic Films and Surfaces.

At NUS, she has served in various education and student life related roles at different times including Associate Head for Student Life, Deputy Head for Undergraduate Programmes and Student Life and Vice Dean of Students.

Outside of science and research, Dr Ng is a mother of three girls and enjoys nature and music.