Dr. Takao Suzuki was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received a B.S. and M.S. from Waseda University in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California (1969). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Max-Planck Institute, Germany (1969-1972), and an assistant/associate professor at Tohoku University (1972-1988). From 1988 through 2000 which includes an academic leave of absence (1995-2000), Dr. Suzuki worked as a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, where he was involved with high density magneto-optical and magnetic recording materials developments. From 1995 through 2010, he was a principal professor at the Toyota Technological Institute in Nagoya, Japan and also served as Vice president from 2004 to 2010. From April, 2010, Dr. Suzuki has become the Endowed Chair, and Director of the Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT), The University of Alabama, and also Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering.
His current research interest includes magnetism and magnetic materials of various types, and also materials for energy storage and sensors. He has been focusing especially on magnetic anisotropy of various alloys and compounds, magnetic thin-films and magnetic nano-particles, in conjunction with spintronics applications, high density perpendicular magnetic recording applications and energy-storage devices. His recent research filed has been broaden into energy-sensors as well.
Dr. Suzuki has organized many international conferences, including Magneto-optical Recording International Symposium (MORIS), Asian Pacific Data Storage Conferences (APDSC), and Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in peer-review journals and has written 4 books. In addition, he holds 17 patents including the US, Japan and worldwide. He was awarded a number of awards, including the Achievement Award of the IEEE Magnetics Society (2015), which is the highest award of the IEEE Magnetics Society, the Society Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan (2010), the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer-ship of the IEEE Magnetic Society (2007), and the Technical Contribution Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan (1999).
During the IEEE Magnetics Society’s Distinguished Lecturer-ship (2007), he gave more than thirty lectures on “High Magnetic Anisotropy Materials” around the world including Singapore, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Germany, England, Japan and U.S.A. Those lectures were to mentor and educate engineers and scientists including those being not in the fields of magnetism and magnetic materials, but in other fields as well.
Professor Suzuki was the President of the IEEE Magnetics Society (2011-2012). He is an IEEE Fellow, and an honorary member (equivalent to Fellow) of the Magnetics Society of Japan. He was also an adjunct professor (2009-2011) in the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
He is a professor emeritus of Toyota Technological Institute.
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Dr. Dawen Li joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER award. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006. During his Ph.D. study, Dr. Li had intern experience at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Li’s current research interest focuses on nanotechnology-based solar cells, crystal growth for organic thin-film transistors, and bit-patterned media for information data storage. His expertise includes soft lithography patterning and nanofabrication.
Dr. Patrick Kung is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty in 2007. He received his B.S. from the Ecole Polytechnique (France, 1993) and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University (2000). From 2000 to 2007, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University and Technical Director at MP Technologies. He specializes in the growth and characterization of wide bandgap AlInGaN compound semiconductors, quantum heterostructures, nanostructures and optoelectronic devices. He has over 90 publications including nearly 50 journal articles.
Dr. Sushma Kotru joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in 2006 as an Associate Professor. Previous to this appointment, she worked on various research positions in the ECE department, University of Alabama, her final position being Associate Research Engineer (1998 to 2006). Before joining UA, Dr. Kotru worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at NSF-Center for Electronic Materials, Devices and Systems, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (1996-1998). Dr. Kotru earned her M.S degrees in Physics from Kashmir University, M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics, from the Jammu University, India. She has authored or co-authored about 50 referred papers. Dr. Kotru is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the MRS and AVS. She has been funded from DOD, NSF, ARO and FAA. Her research interests include thin film oxide materials, emphasis being on ferroelectric & multiferroic materials, magnetic semiconductors, for a variety of applications including PV solar cells, IR and gas sensors and MEMS processing.
Dr. Seongsin Margaret Kim joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. at the University of Alabama in 2007 as an assistant professor. She received her B.S in physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1992, M.S in Physics, and a Ph. D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in 1994 and 1999. From 1999 to 2000, she was a senior research engineer at Samsung Electronics, Corporate R&D laboratory, Korea, and from 2000 to 2002, she was a device research engineer at Agilent Technologies (former Hewlett-Packard). After that Dr. Kim pursued Academia career and joined the electrical engineering department at the Stanford University as a research and stayed until she joined at the UA. Dr, Kim has authored or co-authored more than 70 scholarly publications, 3 book chapters, and holds one US patent. Her research interests are composite nanomaterials including quantum dots and nanowires for optical, magnetic and biological applications and developing the integrated systems for sensing and imaging.
Dr. Yang-Ki Hong is the E. A. “Larry” Drummond Endowed Chair Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), a Professor of Materials Science Ph.D. Program, and the Graduate Program Director of ECE Department. He is currently serving as the Director of NSF IUCRC-UA: Center for EV-STS. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgy at University of Utah in 1981 and received BS and MS (Magnetism and Mossbauer spectroscopy) in Physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Hong completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) of Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University in 1992. Prior to joining the University of Alabama in 2006, Dr. Hong was a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho. He was the Senior Vice President at OCI conglomerate group company, Seoul, South Korea. He has published more than 150 refereed journal papers and presented more than 200 papers at conferences and symposia. In addition, Dr. Hong has been awarded 21 patents and holds 6 US provisional patents. His current research includes nano- and submicron scale magnetism (micromagnetic computer simulation, first principle calculations, Maxwell equations solvers), magnetic materials (soft and hard magnets: spinel ferrites, hexaferrites, rare-earth free MnAl, Alnico, and MnBi, core-shell nanomagnets), and magnetic devices (5G antennas, inductors, magnetic tunneling junctions, current transformer, circulators, magnetic supercapacitors).