Meet the Expert Bios

Wednesday, November 4
6:00 am - 7:00 am ET

Wednesday, November 4  
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Advance registration is required.

Giovanni Finocchio, University of Messina, Italy
Expertise area: Spintronics, micromagnetic modelling  
Giovanni Finocchio received the Ph.D. degree in advanced technologies in optoelectronic, photonic and micromagnetic modeling from the University of Messina, Italy, in 2006. From 2006 to 2015, he was a Research Assistant with the University of Messina. Since 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences, University of Messina. He is the author of books, patents, and over 200 articles. His research interests include the modeling of materials for spintronic applications, theoretical and applied spintronics, nanomagnetism, parallel computations, the signal processing of non-stationary signals, the biomedical applications of magnetoresistive devices, metamaterials for sismic applications. He is an Associate Editor of the journals Scientific Reports and the IEEE Magnetic Letters. (Based on document published on 31 October 2017).

Wei Han, Peking University, China
Expertise area: Spin currents, quantum materials 
International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics Peking University, Beijing
Ph. D. in Physics from the University of California - Riverside, CA, USA
B. S. in Materials Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China
Research Interests: Spintronics, quantum materials, spin current, molecular beam epitaxy, 2D magnet

Jean Anne Incorvia, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Expertise area: Magnetic logic and memory 
Jean Anne C. Incorvia has been an Assistant Professor in ECE at The University of Texas at Austin since 2017. Dr. Incorvia works on developing nanodevices for the future of computing using emerging physics and materials. This has included research in spintronics, neuromorphic computing, and the intersection of 2D materials and spintronics ( She received a 2020 NSF CAREER award and the 2020 IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award. Dr. Incorvia received a B.A. in physics from UC Berkeley in 2008, a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2015, and completed a postdoc at Stanford University in 2017. She has published over 35 articles, led 2 patents, and has given over 25 invited talks. She has been attending MMM since the beginning of graduate school and is happy to provide advice to continue to have a vibrant, impactful, and diverse magnetism-related research community.

Olga Kazakova, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Expertise area: Nanomagnetism, 2D materials
Olga Kazakova is an NPL Fellow in Quantum Materials and Sensors. Olga Kazakova received her PhD degree in Solid State Physics from Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Science in 1996.  She joined NPL in 2002 after working as an Assistant Professor at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden). Olga is an NPL Fellow and a Fellow of Institute of Physics. She is an author of above 140 peer-refereed publications and had above 130 presentations at scientific conferences, e.g. above 50 invited talks and seminars.  Olga has profound research experience in nanotechnology, materials science, graphene & 2D materials, spintronics, development of novel sensors. She also has a strong experience in project and team management. She has a very strong record in supervision and coaching.

Mark Kief, Seagate, USA
Expertise area: Magnetic recording 
Senior Director/Managing Technologist at Seagate Technology

Mathias Kläui, Universität Mainz, Germany
Expertise area: Spintronics, antiferromagnetics 
University Professor at University of Mainz, Institute of Physics

June Lau, NIST, USA
Expertise area:  Magnetic materials, electron microscopy I am a staff scientist and principal investigator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg Maryland. I began my career at NIST as a postdoc in January 2006. Since then, my research focus has been magnetic materials, and more recently, electron microscopy. I am an active member and volunteer in IEEE-Magnetic Society and APS-GMAG, having held many volunteer positions.Recently, much of my attention was focused on building a new instrument at NIST: a laser-free stroboscopic TEM. This is a collaboration with Brookhaven National Lab, EuclidTech Lab, Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions (IDES), and JEOL. Our concept paper was first published in 2015. And right now, we are busy building one of two first prototype, right here at NIST.

Kumar Srinivasan, Western Digital, USA
Expertise area: Magnetic recording and materials science Kumar Srinivasan is currently an Engineering Technologist at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) where he is working to advance magnetic recording media technology. He has extensive experience and expertise in process development, product design, advanced characterization and analysis on materials for data storage. He has authored/co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, one book chapter, been issued more than 15 patents/trade secrets and delivered invited talks at multiple forums such as MMM, MRS, IDEMA and IEEE. He has served on numerous conference organizing committees such as MMM, INTERMAG & TMRC, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He holds M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras).

Robert Stamps, University of Manitoba, Canada
Expertise area: Artificial spin ice, magnons, skyrmions 

Stamps is Professor and Head of the Department Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science. He has published over 250 papers on a range of topics in condensed matter physics including linear and nonlinear dynamics of magnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures, frustrated spin systems and glasses, inelastic light scattering and ferromagnetic resonance, spin electronics, and spin dynamics in constrained geometries. Before joining the University of Manitoba, he led the Materials and Condensed Matter Physics Group at the University of Glasgow. Dr Stamps was a Humbolt Fellow at RWTH Aachen, an Australian Professorial Fellow and Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, and has held several visiting fellowships in France and Italy. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Institute of Physics. He was the 2004 IOP/IEEE Wohlfarth Lecturer, and an IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2008.

Yukiko Takahashi, NIMS, Japan
Expertise area: Magnetic recording mediaNational Institute for Materials Science, Group leader of Magnetic Recording Group in Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic Materials, Principal Investigator of Elements Strategy Initiative Center for Magnetic Materials (ESCIMM)
Dr. Eng. Electrical Engineering, Tohoku University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Tohoku University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Tohoku University

Tom Thomson, University of Manchester, UK
Expertise area:  Magnetic thin films, recording mediaTom Thomson is a Professor in Computer Engineering, head of the Nano Engineering and Storage Technologies Research Group and Chair of the management board of (Graphene) NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training.Prior to moving to Manchester, Tom worked for many years in the data storage industry in Silicon Valley and was a research staff member at IBM Almaden Research Center/ Hitachi San Jose Research Center in San Jose, California for 7 years. Tom served as the worldwide finance chair of the IEEE Magnetics Society 2011 - 2012. Tom sits on the programme committees for both the MMM and Intermag Conferences.