Writing Workshop Bios

Dr. Liesl Folks

Dr. Liesl Folks is SVP for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Arizona, as well as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She holds a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from Cornell University. Prior to joining UA, she served as dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Previously, she performed fundamental research and development on nanoscale magnetic materials and devices in support of the data storage industry for 16 years in California’s Silicon Valley, at IBM Almaden Research Center, Hitachi San Jose Research Center, Hitachi GST Advanced Development and Western Digital. In these various roles she have engaged with a great many multidisciplinary teams working on advanced nanotechnology research and development projects.

Dr. Folks has co-authored more than 50 archival peer reviewed journal articles and 14 US patents, resulting in more than 12,400 citations. Recently, Dr. Folks served as chair of the congressionally mandated panel which delivered the report “2020 Quadrennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative” for the National Academies of Sciences, upon the request of the US Congress. She served as President of the IEEE Magnetic Society from 2013-2014 - the first female president - and was instrumental in launching the highly successful IEEE Magnetics Society’s summer school for graduate students, now in its 12th year. Within her time in higher education leadership, Dr. Folks has supported innovation in academic programs, and has been a champion for women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering degree programs. She currently has two active grants through the National Science Foundation which aim to improve and diversify STEM and data science education.

Dr. Ron Goldfarb

Ron Goldfarb led the Magnetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2000 to 2015. He has published articles on magnetic measurements, superconductor characterization, instrumentation, and on the revision of the International System of Units. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2018, he was elected to the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society. He received the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and the IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community in 2021. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1995-2004, and the founder and chief editor of IEEE Magnetics Letters, 2010-2019. He led the establishment of IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering in 2019. He was an elected member of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board, 2015-2020. He served as chief editor of the Journal of Research of NIST, 2015-2021.

Dr. Daniel Ucko

Daniel Ucko is an Associate Editor at Physical Review Letters (PRL). He received his Ph.D. on the subject of magnetic relaxation of nanoscale granular alloys at University College London, UK, in 2001. Before joining PRL in 2004, he held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Birmingham, UK, and at the low-energy muon beam at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, focused on research on magnets and superconductors as well as instrument development. Daniel handles papers on condensed matter for PRL, particularly in magnetism, spintronics, and topological materials. In 2020, Daniel obtained a second PhD in philosophy from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA. Due to his roots in physics, his dissertation, "Peer Review: Objectivity, Anonymity, Trust", may be the only philosophy dissertation on arXiv (2005.04702).