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Tutorial on Neutron and X-ray Techniques to Study Magnetism

Workforce Forum

Writing Workshop 

Summer School Tutorials 

Virtual Bierstube 

Meet the Experts 

Magnetism and the Brain: An Introduction to the IEEE Brain Technical Community

Women in Magnetism

Young Professionals Event

Symposia & Invited Speakers

Tutorial on Neutron and X-ray Techniques to Study Magnetism

Monday, November 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm ET

Please join us as we kick off MMM2020 Virtual Conference with three 50-minute talks and Live Q&A with our Tutorial speakers.  

Neutron and synchrotron x-ray scattering provide researchers with uniquely powerful means to probe the microscopic magnetic order in materials.  However, since researchers generally don’t have access to these techniques at their home institutions, scattering remains mysterious to a significant fraction of magnetics researchers.  Further, next-generation sources and advances in instrumentation have led to a rapid expansion of scattering capabilities for magnetism, meaning that even those familiar with these techniques may not be up to date in all they have to offer. This tutorial is aimed as an introduction to neutron and x-ray scattering techniques for magnetism, and will highlight state-of-the-art capabilities in the field.

Neutron and X-Ray Techniques for Probing Magnetism (T1)  
Suzanne G. te Velthuis, Argonne National Laboratory

Illuminating the Invisible: X-rays as Probes for Time-Resolved Magnetic Imaging (T2)
Sebastian Wintz, Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme

Oxide Interfaces Studied by Polarized Neutron Reflectometry (T3)
Er-Jia Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Workforce Forum (2 sessions)
a special event for postdocs and senior graduate students

Organized by the Technical Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society

Monday, November 2 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET
Wednesday, November 4 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

Are you a post-doctoral fellow or a senior graduate student seeking a faculty or industry position?  If so, you can attend a virtual workforce forum at the 2020 MMM Conference.  The forum will consist of three senior speakers talking about their expectations and advice from the employer perspective and two junior speakers sharing their job application and interview experiences.  The event will be two hours long and will be held in the following two time slots: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM on Monday (November 2) and 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday (November 4), New York time (EST).  Organized by the Technical Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society.


Dr. Peter Fischer, Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryDr. Peter Fischer received his PhD in Physics (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Technical University in Munich, Germany in 1993 on pioneering work with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in rare earth systems and his Habilitation from the University in Würzburg, Germany in 2000 based on his pioneering work on Magnetic Soft X-ray microscopy.  Since 2004 he is with the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley CA. He is Senior Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Non-Equilibrium Magnetic Materials Program and also Deputy Division Director at MSD. His research program is focused on the use of polarized synchrotron radiation for the study of fundamental problems in magnetism. Since 2014 he is also Adjunct Professor for Physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz.  Dr. Fischer has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and has given more than 300 invited presentations at national and international conferences. He was nominated as Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society in 2011. For his achievements of “hitting the 10nm resolution milestone with soft X-ray microscopy” he received the Klaus Halbach Award at the Advanced Light Source in 2010.  Dr. Fischer is Fellow of the APS and the IEEE.

Dr. Atsufumi Hirohata, Professor in Electrical Engineering, University of YorkAtsufumi Hirohata received his BSc in 1995 and MSc in 1997 from Keio University and PhD in 2001 from the University of Cambridge. He worked as a Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002-2003, followed by Tohoku University in 2003-2004 and RIKEN in 2005-2007. He was then appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Electronics in the University of York in 2007, and promoted to a reader in 2011 and a professor in 2014. He was a JST-PRESTO between 2009 and 2015, and a Royal Society Industry Fellow between 2013 and 2017. He served as a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University between 2009 and 2018 and a Guest Professor at Keio University between 2015 and 2016. Since 2017, he is a Senior Professor at York. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the IEEE Magnetics Society. His research interest is the study of spintronic devices and magnetic materials.

Dr. Guohan Hu, Manager, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center 
 Guohan Hu is a Principal Research Staff Member and Manager of the MRAM Materials and Devices group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Guohan received a B. S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering and a B. S. degree in Economics from Tsinghua University in 1997. Guohan received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. Her research has been on MRAM materials and devices, magnetic oxide thin films, and patterned media.


Dr. Jean Anne Incorvia, Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at AustinJean 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 (www.utinclab.com). 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.

Dr. Qiming Shao, Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 Dr. Qiming Shao is an assistant professor in the Department of Electronic and Computing Engineering (ECE) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in 2013 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019. His lab is focusing on novel electronic and spintronic materials and structures such as topological insulators, 2D materials, and skyrmions for memory, neuromorphic and quantum computing applications. He has published more than 40 papers with a total citation of more than 1800, including top journals and conferences like Nature Electronics and IEDM. He is a recipient of the UCLA ECE Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award, UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, and the Chinese government award for outstanding self-Financed students abroad. He is the current chair of the IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits.

Writing Workshop (2 sessions)
a special event for students and postdocs

Organized by the Technical Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society

Monday, November 2 from 10:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight) ET
Tuesday, November 3 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

Are you a post-doctoral fellow or a graduate student seeking to improve your writing skills and techniques?  If so, you can attend a virtual writing workshop to be held at the MMM 2020 Conference.  The workshop will consist of three tutorials on how to prepare a professional and eye-catching CV, how to write technical articles, and how to review papers and prepare review reports.  The event will be two hours long and will be held in the following two time slots: 10:00 PM-12:00 AM (midnight) on Monday (November 2) and 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Tuesday (November 3), New York time (ET).  Organized by the Technical Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society.


Dr. Liesl Folks, Provost and Senior Vice President, University of ArizonaDr. Liesl Folks serves as Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. She holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD, both in Physics, from The University of Western Australia, as well as an MBA from Cornell.  Prior to joining the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2012, she spent 16 years in research & development in the magnetic data storage sector, with IBM Almaden Research Center, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and Western Digital.  Her R&D accomplishments include key contributions to the fields of nanoscale magnetic metrology, bit-patterned media, microwave-assisted magnetic recording, spin-transfer-torque sensors, and Hall cross sensors.  Dr. Folks holds 14 U.S. patents and is co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers that have attracted more than 11,000 citations.   In 2020, she chaired the National Academies Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Dr. Ron B. Goldfarb, Publications Committee Chair, IEEE Magnetics SocietyRon Goldfarb was leader of the Magnetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado, USA, from 2000 to 2015. He has published over 60 articles, with over 2600 citations, on electromagnetics, magnetic measurements, and superconductor characterization. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1995-2004, and was the founder and chief editor of IEEE Magnetics Letters, 2010-2019. He received the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Service Award in 2016. He is currently the chair of the Magnetics Society Publications Committee and chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering. He serves as Science Advisor in NIST’s Quantum Electromagnetics Division and as chief editor of the Journal of Research of NIST.

Dr. Daniel Ucko, Associate Editor, Physical Review LettersDaniel 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). 

Summer School Tutorials (4 sessions)

Tuesday, November 3 through Friday, November 6
9:00 am - 11:00 am ET 

These tutorials are magnetics lectures aimed at graduate students new to magnetics, taken from the curriculum of the IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School.

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9:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Fundamentals Theory 
Dr. Ran Cheng

9:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Measurements Dynamics

Dr. Dustin Gilbert
Dr. Tim Mewes 

9:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Neutron Scattering for Magnetism/Bio

Dr. Brian Kirby
Dr. Sara Majetich 

9:00 am – 11:00 am ET

Functional Materials Magnetic Data Technology 
Dr. Ping Liu
Dr. Bruce Terris

Virtual Bierstube (2 sessions)

Tuesday, November 3 from 12:00 pm (noon) - 1:00 pm ET
Friday, November 6 from 6:00 am - 7:00 am ET

Tuesday Bierstube supported by                      

Friday Bierstube supported by 

Keeping the tradition alive! Our most popular Conference event is going virtual. Create your own avatar and join us “on the beach”! The Virtual “Bierstube on the Beach” will feature several hosted rooms where attendees will be able to network and socialize. And don’t forget to take a walk outside on our virtual “beach”. You can almost smell the salty sea air and feel the sand under your feet.

The Bierstuben will immediately follow the Tuesday and Friday live-streamed Symposia sessions. BYOB (bring your own beverage)!

Meet the Experts (2 sessions)

Students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to attend Meet the Experts.  This event provides young researchers with the exclusive opportunity to participate in a small-group video discussion (limited to 20 students per expert) and get expert advice on career planning, technical paper writing and publication, job searches and interviews, society involvement, and more. Attendees may register for EITHER the Wednesday 6:00 am ET OR 7:00 pm ET session, but not both days. Attendees may select the Expert during registration.

This event is now SOLD OUT. Waiting lists are available but not a guarantee of admittance.
There is no additional cost for Conference registrants to attend this session.  

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

Supported by 

Expertise Area  
Giovanni Finocchio
University of Messina, Italy  
Spintronics, micromagnetic modelling  
Olga Kazakova  
National Physical Laboratory, UK  
Nanomagnetism, 2D materials  
Mathias Kläui  
Universität Mainz, Germany  
Spintronics, antiferromagnetics  
Robert Stamps  
University of Manitoba, Canada  
Artificial spin ice, magnons, skyrmions  
Tom Thomson  
University of Manchester, UK  
Magnetic thin films, recording media 

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

Supported by

Expertise Area   
Wei Han  
Peking University, China  
Spin currents, quantum materials  
Jean Anne Incorvia      
University of Texas at Austin, USA  
Magnetic logic and memory  
Mark Kief  
Seagate, USA  
Magnetic recording  
June Lau  
Magnetic materials, electron microscopy  
Kumar Srinivasan  
Western Digital, USA  
Magnetic recording and materials science  
Yukiko Takahashi  
NIMS, Japan  
Magnetic recording media

Magnetism and the Brain: An Introduction to the IEEE Brain Technical Community
Sponsored by IEEE Brain

Wednesday, November 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

The IEEE Brain Technical Community seeks to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research in brain-inspired technologies.  There is a significant overlap within the magnetics community in novel computation schemes, and sensors and measurements used to better understand the brain.  This session will start with an introduction to the IEEE Brain and then will cover topics from leaders in the fields of Brain Machine interfaces and neuromorphic computing.


Introduction to the IEEE Brain Technology Community; Brain Machine Interfaces
Paul Sajda, Columbia University
Paul Sajda, Ph.D. is co-founder of Neuromatters and serves as Chairman of the Board. He is also a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University and Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Paul was the Head of Image and Signal Processing at Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, NJ. His areas of expertise include computational and experimental neuroscience, neuroimaging, neural engineering, and computational modeling. He has received numerous awards for his research, including an NSF CAREER Award, and has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His degrees include a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Neuromorphic Computing with CMOS and Magnetics
Gert Cauwenberghs, University of California, San Diego
Gert Cauwenberghs is Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego, La Jolla CA.  He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1994, and was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Visiting Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.  He co-founded Cognionics Inc. and chairs its Scientific Advisory Board.  His research focuses on micropower biomedical instrumentation, neuron-silicon and brain-machine interfaces, neuromorphic engineering, and adaptive intelligent systems.  He received the NSF Career Award in 1997, ONR Young Investigator Award in 1999, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000.  He was a Francqui Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  He served IEEE in a variety of roles including as Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, as General Chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS 2011, San Diego), as Program Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2012, San Diego), and as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.

Brain-Inspired Computing Using Unconventional Spintronic Devices
Shunsuke Fukami, Tohoku UniversityShunsuke Fukami, Ph. D. is a Professor of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication in Tohoku University. His areas of expertise include spintronics physics/materials/devices and their application to integrated circuits and computing technologies. He received his Master degree in Nagoya University in 2005, and joined NEC Corporation. He received his Doctor degree from Nagoya University in 2012. In 2011, he moved to Tohoku University. He received numerous awards for his research, including the JSAP Young Scientist Presentation Award, the Young Scientists' Prize of Science and Technology by the MEXT, Asian Union of Magnetics Societies, Young Researchers Award, the Outstanding Research Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan, and the JSAP Outstanding Paper Award. 

Women in Magnetism Networking Event

Sponsored by IEEE Magnetics Society

Thursday, November 5
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Please join us for the Women in Magnetism Networking Reception, sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society. Create your own avatar and join us in “The Castle” for a royal gathering! This is a fantastic opportunity to expand your professional network and become acquainted with women in the profession while discussing a range of topics including leadership, work-life balance, and professional development. As you roam around the grounds of the castle, you never know who you might run in to! All students, researchers and retirees are encouraged to attend. 

To kick things off, please join us in the Royal Plenary Room at 1:00 pm ET for Welcome Remarks from Sara Majetich of Carnegie Mellon University.

Young Professionals Event:  Balancing Academics, Research and Career Development

Friday, November 6
12:00 pm (noon) - 1:00 pm ET

SPEAKER:  Carol Handwerker, Purdue University

Dr. Handwerker received Ph.D. in 1983 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. She is a Professor in the School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University. She was previously a Group Leader and Chief of the Metallurgy Division at the U.S. National Institute of Standards (NIST) and currently serves as the Lead of the Recycling and Reuse Focus Area, Critical Materials Institute.

Dr. Handwerker is an expert in electronic packaging and interconnection, sustainable electronics, and the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations. She has published over 120 peer reviewed journal papers and holds 3 patents. She is passionate about translating scientific discoveries into industry practice and helping students experience the satisfaction of seeing their research be applied to solve real-world problems.