Dr. Mark L. Weaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 1995. From 1995 until 1997 he served as a Posdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Nonlinear and Nonequilibrium Aeroscience at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and the Center for Materials Research and Technology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, FL, where he studied texture evolution in magnetoresistive thin film materials. In 1996 he was additionally appointed as a researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL. His research interests include microstructural characterization, texture, mechanical properties, and tribology of bulk and thin film materials. Dr. Weaver has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical publications.
Dr. Gregory Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He joined the faculty in 2003. Dr. Thompson received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University. His undergraduate degree is in Physics from Brigham Young University. Between his M.S. and Ph.D., Dr. Thompson worked as a process engineer at the Southeast Regional Coating Center for Ion Bond, Inc. (a hard coatings service provider).
Dr. Thompson maintains an active research program in using advanced TEM techniques and atom probe tomography to characterize the phase stability and phase transformations in nanostructured materials.
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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. Subhadra Gupta is an Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. She joined the faculty in January, 2004. She holds M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees in Physics from the University of Cincinnati. From 1981-1985, she was a Senior Research Engineer at Westinghouse R&D Center. She served as a Senior Scientist, Manager of the Thin Films Lab and PVD Process Development at Materials Research Corporation and Veeco Instruments from 1985-2000. Prior to coming to the University of Alabama, she served as Director of Technology for KDF from 2000-2004. Dr. Gupta has over 60 publications and four patents.