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. 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).