Pedram Khalili is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University (starting Sep. 2017).
Prior to joining Northwestern, Pedram was an Adjunct Assistant Professor (2013-2017) and Research Associate (2009-2013) in the department of electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was co-leader (2012-2017) of the memory program within the NSF TANMS center, focusing on development of electric-field-controlled magnetic memory test chips, which resulted in nonvolatile spintronic memory devices with record low power dissipation.
He previously served as a project manager at UCLA for two DARPA multi-institution programs (2009-2014), focusing on the development of spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-RAM) and non-volatile magnonic logic (NVL), working with several university and industry partners including Intel, Micron, HGST (now Western Digital), Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries, and Singulus. These programs resulted in some of the world’s fastest and lowest-power magnetic memory technologies to date.
Since 2012, he is also co-founder, board member, and chief technology officer of Inston Inc., a startup company pioneering magnetoelectric random access memory (MeRAM). In this role, he led the development of Inston's IP portfolio of 25+ patents, established joint development programs with major semiconductor, data storage, and equipment companies, and raised funding (private & government) for Inston's product development efforts which are currently ongoing. Inston was identified as one of the top-6 startups worldwide (out of 3,000 entries) in Cisco's Innovation Grand Challenge 2015.
Pedram received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in 2008, both in electrical engineering. He was a best student paper award finalist at the IEEE International Magnetics Conference (Intermag) in 2008. His professional activities have included serving as a guest editor for Spin, and serving on the technical program committee of the Joint MMM/Intermag Conference.