Special Sessions

Tutorial:  Foundational Methods for Understanding Magnetic Materials

Monday, January 14, 2019
2:30 – 5:00 pm

 plamen 2:30 pm:  Magnetometry – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Plamen Stamenov, Trinity College Dublin 
 claudia mewes 3:20 pm:  Computational Methods in Magnetism: From First Principles to Magnetization Dynamics
Claudia Mewes, University of Alabama  
 mingzhong wu 4:10 pm:  Ferromagnetic Resonance
Mingzhong Wu, Colorado State University


Eight symposia are scheduled during the Conference. These sessions consist entirely of invited talks by experts in the field.

Tuesday, January 15

8:30 am:  AA - Spin-transport in Insulators: From Transport in Ferromagnets to Unconventional Magnonics in Antiferromagnets

1:30 pm:  BA - Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanograins for Biosensing and Magnetic Recording

Wednesday, January 16

8:30 am:  CA - Switching Antiferromagnets by Spin-orbit Torques

Thursday, January 17

8:30 am:  
EA - 3D Magnetic Frustration: Pyrochlore, Spinel and FCC Lattices
EB - Magnetism for the Brain: Challenges and Solutions

1:30 pm:  FA - Voltage Control of Nanomagnetism

Friday, January 18

8:30 am:  GA - Energy Harvesting and Transformations based on Magnetic Materials

1:30 pm:  HA - Magnetism Research Using X-ray Free Electron Lasers


Young Professionals Panel Session

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm

If you have just recently entered the professional workforce, please join us for a special panel session focused on “Navigating Career Domain Walls as Young Professionals in Magnetism". 

Lunch will be provided at no extra cost to attendees. Space is limited so advance registration is required.


Jun Cui
Iowa State University

Jun Cui obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and completed his postdoc training at the University of Maryland. In 2005 he joined GE Global Research Center and started working on various energy materials including hydrogen storage materials, CdTe solar PV, and Na battery. In 2010 he joined Pacific Northwest National Lab and focused his research on magnetic materials. In 2015 Dr. Cui joined Iowa State University as an Associate Professor and held a Senior Scientist position at Ames Laboratory. Here, his research area covers a range of energy materials, including permanent and soft magnetic materials for motor applications; low hysteresis ferroelectric materials for capacitor; and high latent heat shape memory alloys for caloric cooling. Dr. Cui has published over 60 papers and holds 10 patents.

Randy Dumas
Quantum Design

Randy Dumas is an Applications Scientist at Quantum Design.  He received his PhD in 2009 from the University of California, Davis on the topic of reversal mechanisms in magnetic nanostructures.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden he studied next generation magnetic and spin wave based data storage and processing paradigms.  Randy also worked with the Swedish startup, NanOsc Instruments AB, developing a user-friendly plug-and-play FMR spectrometer.  Randy joined Quantum Design in August 2016 and his specialty lies primarily in magnetic characterization of both fundamentally interesting and technologically relevant materials.    

Olga Kazakova
National Physical Laboratory

Olga Kazakova was born in Tambov, Russia. She received her PhD in Solid State Physics from Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Science in 1996. From 1999 – 2001, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. From 2001 – 2002, she was an Assistant Professor there, working on magnetic nanostructures and their applications. Since 2002 she has been working at the National Physical Laboratory where she became a Principle Research Scientist in 2010. Olga’s research interests include functional (electronic, optical, structural) nanoscale studies of 2D materials; novel environmental sensors based on 2D materials; novel sensors for Life Science and food industries; magnetic nanosensors for biological and metrological applications. In 2018 she was a Scientific Lead in the UK Quantum Industry Engagement program.  She was a recipient of the numerous national and international awards, including Intel European Research and Innovation Award (2008), NPL Rayleigh Award and Serco Global Pulse Award (2011), and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Melissa Patterson
AIP Publishing

Melissa Patterson is currently the Director of Editorial Development at AIP Publishing in New York.  As Director, Melissa is responsible for overseeing the strategy and development of a subset of AIP Publishing’s portfolio most notably Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, The Journal of Chemical Physics, AIP Advances, APL Materials, APL Photonics, and APL Bioengineering.  Before joining AIP Publishing in 2012, Melissa received her PhD in Chemistry from Stony Brook University and was a post-doc at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her research was focused on the fabrication, characterization and reactivity properties of size-selected gas-phase transition metal compound clusters.


Supported by   evicomagneticslogo 1

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to register for and attend the Meet the Experts Panel Session to be held on Tuesday evening, followed by a networking reception. This event provides young researchers with an exclusive opportunity to hear from a panel of six experts from different fields for advice on career planning, technical paper writing and publication, job searches and interviews, society involvement, and more.  

Space is limited so advance registration is required.


Johan Åkerman
Professor of Physics, University of Gothenburg 

Meigan Aronson
Dean of Science, University of British Columbia

Gang Chen
Professor of Physics, Fudan University

Shikha Jain
Principal Research Engineer, Western Digital

June Lau
Staff Physicist, NIST

Chris Leighton
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota
Editor, Physical Review Materials

communications workshop

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm

RoseHedricks PhotoEvidence-based Strategies for Communicating your Science
Dr. Rose Hendricks
Researcher, FrameWorks Institute

Dr. Hendricks is a cognitive scientist who conducts qualitative and quantitative social science research at the FrameWorks Institute. She completed her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego with research on the relationship between language and cognition. She is a science communication advocate and member of the Leadership Team for ComSciCon, a series of science communication workshops for graduate students.

No skill contributes more consistently, and more meaningfully, to professional achievement than the ability to shape thinking and secure support through communication. In this event, sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society, recommendations for communicating science in an accessible and engaging way, will be provided. These recommendations, based in qualitative and quantitative social science research, will help audience members communicate their own work more effectively to other scientists as well as to members of the public. To that end, particular emphasis will be placed on tailoring scientific communications to various audiences. These recommendations are provided by the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research to help the nonprofit sector better communicate about scientific and social issues.

Lunch will be provided at no extra cost to attendees. Space is limited so advance registration is required.

plenary session and awards

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Aronson PhotoQuantum Magnetism: an Unfinished Revolution
Meigan Aronson
University of British Columbia

The Plenary Session will begin Wednesday afternoon with the presentation of the IEEE Magnetics Society Awards, followed by a Plenary Lecture by Meigan Aronson, Dean of Science at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Aronson will discuss the role that magnetism and spins play in Quantum Materials. This lecture will be followed immediately by a Reception from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Meigan Aronson is Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, where she is also Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Previously she served as Dean of Science at Texas A&M University (2015-2018), and as Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University while concurrently leading the correlated electron materials group in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (2007-2015). Her research interests include correlated electron materials and the discovery and characterization of quantum materials. Prof. Aronson has an extensive publication record, and has been honored with a number of fellowships, including from the American Physical Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Among her many professional activities, she is the current chair of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Neutron Advisory Board and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory External Advisory Committee. In addition, Prof. Aronson has been a member of several advisory committees for the National Academy Board on Physics and Astronomy. Recently, she served as a panel lead for the US Department of Energy Basic Research Needs Workshop on Quantum Materials for Energy Relevant Technology.

Smithsonian National zoo lecture

Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Cohen PhotoHow do Animals Navigate Long-distance Migrations and What is the Role of the Earth’s Magnetic Field?
Dr. Emily Cohen
Research Ecologist, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Join us as Dr. Emily Cohen reviews the phenomena and diversity of long-distance animal migrations and what we know about the mechanisms animals use to navigate during these journeys with a particular focus on magnetoreception and birds. 

There is no extra cost to attend this event, however, for planning purposes, we ask that you indicate your interest in attending on your registration form.

You can learn more about the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute here https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation

Next Generation Magneticians Science Slam

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:30 – 6:00 pm     

Present your work in a different way! Join us for this innovative and funny event, full of emotion and creativity to introduce your scientific research from a new angle, a new perspective. This is not your boring weekly seminar!

Recite, rap, sing, make a photographic design, screen a video, dance: we leave it to your discretion and creation. Just let us know about your performance by December 1 so that we can accommodate your needs.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit your idea. 

This event will be held concurrently with, and right next door to, the Student Networking Reception

Evening Session

Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm

XuXA-01:  6:00 – 6:45 pm
2D Magnets and Heterostructures
Xiaodong Xu
Department of Physics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Xiaodong Xu is a Boeing Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and    the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his PhD (Physics, 2008) from the University of Michigan and then performed postdoctoral research (2009-2010) at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Cornell University. His nanoscale quantum optoelectronics group at University of Washington focuses on creation, control, and understanding of novel device physics based on two-dimensional quantum materials. Selected awards include DAPRA YFA, NSF Early Career Award, DoE Early Career Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, and IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductor Physics.

King PhotoXA-02:  6:45 – 7:30 pm
What Will We Make Magnets From?

Alexander King
Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University

Professor King, having recently completed a five-year term as the founder and
Director of the US Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute – one of DOE’s
four Energy Innovation Hubs, is also a former Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory, in
Ames, Iowa. The Critical Materials Institute is a consortium of four DOE national labs, seven universities and a dozen corporations, and is considered to be a model of collaboration and productivity.  It is one of four Energy Innovation Hubs formed to accelerate scientific discovery of critical energy technologies.

Alex was born and raised in London. He was an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield and earned his doctorate from Oxford. He was a postdoc at Oxford and then M.I.T. before joining the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also served as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies (Dean of the Graduate School).  He was the Head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue in from 1999 to 2007, the Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory from 2008 until 2013, and became the Founding Director of the Critical Materials Institute when the Ames Lab was awarded its funding.

King is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials; ASM International; and the Materials Research Society.  He was also a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a US Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow for 2005-06. 

Alex King was the President of MRS for 2002, Chair of the University Materials Council of North America for 2006-07, Co-chair of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy for 2006, and Chair of the APS Interest Group on Energy Research and Applications for 2010. 

Alex delivered a TEDx talk on critical materials in 2013 and was the TMS & ASM Distinguished Lecturer on Materials and Society in 2017.  He maintains research interests in the atomic-scale behavior of grain boundaries, but most of his recent work focuses on understanding the dynamics of materials supply-chain failures and implementing effective strategies to avoid or alleviate them.