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), the Early Career Editorial Board of Multifunctional Materials (IOP), and has served as a Guest Editor for Spin (World Scientific) and Micromachines. He has served on the technical program committees and organizing committees of several conferences, including 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.

Dr. Riccardo Tomasello is a visiting postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece, where he is also the scientific coordinator of the project “ThunderSKY” (

He received a B.Sc. in "Industrial Engineering" and a M.Sc. in "Material Science and Engineering" from the University of Messina, Italy. He received the European Ph.D. in "System and Computer Engineering", in 2016 from the University of Calabria, Italy, and he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2016 and 2017. His main research activity has been the theoretical study and micromagnetic modeling of spintronic devices (spin-torque nano-oscillators, spin-transfer-torque magnetic random-access memory, microwave, detectors), with particular focus on the micromagnetic analysis of the static and dynamic properties of skyrmions. He has been a visiting student at the University of California, Irvine, USA, University of Salamanca, Spain, and Bogazici University, Turkey. He received the Best Poster Award at the 61st Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, New Orleans, USA, and the Young Researcher Award at the 2nd IEEE Conference on Advance in Magnetics, La Thuile, Italy.

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.

Sevde Nur Arpaci obtained her B.S. degree in Physics from Bogazici University in 2016. From 2014 to 2019, she worked in Bogazici University Nanomagnetism and Spin Applications Research Group (BUSPIN). She joined PERL in September 2019 where she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics. Her research interests are nanotechnology, magnetic materials and 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.

Sisilia Sinaga is currently majoring in computer science and minoring in physics. Within computer science, she is most interested in artificial intelligence/machine learning and theoretical computer science and potentially combining those areas with physics. She is involved in the NU Robotics Club and Society of Women Engineers on campus.

Andrew Borland currently studies materials science and engineering and is pursuing an ISEN certificate. In materials science, he is interested in studying the newest materials being used in the electronics and energy industries. Outside of class, he is also involved with Engineers Without Borders.

Former Lab Members

  • Dr. Hamid Almasi, postdoctoral scholar 2017-2018, current affiliation: Everspin Technologies.
  • Prof. Giovanni Finocchio , visiting professor 2019, permanent affiliation: University of Messina, Italy
  • Prof. Francesca Garesci , visiting professor 2019, permanent affiliation: University of Messina, Italy


Team meeting, May 2019

Team meeting, September 2018