Team

Director

Pedram Khalili is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University, and Director of the Physical Electronics Research Laboratory. Prof. Khalili is also a faculty member of the Applied Physics Graduate Program at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor (2013-2017) and Research Associate (2009-2013) in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was co-leader (2012-2017) of the memory program within the NSF TANMS engineering research center, 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 development of spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-RAM) and non-volatile 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 has been co-founder of Inston Inc., a startup company where he served as board member and chief technology officer ​for five years. He and his team placed top-6 out of 3,000 entries worldwide in the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge 2015. Pedram has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, is an inventor on 15 issued patents, and has given numerous invited talks at major conferences on magnetism, spintronics, and memory technologies.

He 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 serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics: Photonics (IOP), and has served as a Guest Editor for Spin (World Scientific). He has served on the technical program committee of the Joint MMM/Intermag Conference, and is a member of the Flash Memory Summit conference advisory board. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Victor Lopez Dominguez obtained his degree in Physics in 2009, and his PhD degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2014 from the University of Barcelona (Spain). His PhD was focused on the properties of magnetic nanoparticles, under low and high frequency magnetic fields, and new technological applications based on Terahertz waves, such as the non-invasive inspection of the permeation of topical drugs into the human skin. During 2014 to 2017, he was a postdoc researcher in the Institute of Applied Magnetism, a research institute of the Complutense University of Madrid. In this period, his research was focused on tunable magnetic metamaterials, and on the interaction between magnetic materials and microwaves.

Since October of 2017, Victor has joined the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at Northwestern University as Postdoctoral Researcher. His current research interests are focused on magnetic materials, ultra-fast magnetization dynamics, spintronics, and magnonics.


Visiting Professor

Giovanni Finocchio received the Ph.D. degree in advanced technologies in optoelectronic, photonic and micromagnetic modeling from the University of Messina, Italy, in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he was a Research Assistant with the University of Messina. Since 2010, he has been an Assistant Professor first and Associate professor now with the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences at the University of Messina. He is the author of books, patents, and over 150 articles published in well established journals. His research interests include the modeling of materials for spintronic applications, theoretical and applied spintronics, magnetic skyrmions, nanomagnetism, parallel computations, the signal processing of non-stationary signals, the biomedical applications of magnetoresistive devices, and metamaterials for seismic applications. He is founder of two start-up companies. In the last 10 years, he served on many technical program committees of international conferences and organized more than 10 international conferences and workshops as Chair, Program Committee Member, or in other positions. He is regularly invited at conferences in Magnetism and Spintronics.

Graduate Students

Yixin Shao received his B.S. degree in Physics from Nanjing University in 2018. He joined PERL in the Fall of 2018, where he works on novel spintronic devices.


Jiacheng Shi received his B.S. degree in Physics from Fudan University in 2018. He joined PERL as a PhD student in September 2018. His research focus is spintronics


Undergraduate Students

Idris Sunmola studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago, before transferring to Northwestern’s Computer Information Systems program. His goal is to develop computational systems that are pertinent to the current A.I. zeitgeist. In his spare time he's an avid Brazilian Jiujitsu practitioner.

Alumni & Former Lab Members

  • Dr. Hamid Almasi, postdoctoral scholar 2017-2018, current affiliation: Everspin Technologies.