Seminar Series by Prof. Kannan Krishnan

[Update: Please note the change in the date for the first seminar; it will be held on Tuesday, 12.1.2016]

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Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan (Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA) is currently a Brahm Prakash Visiting Chair in our Department (see below for his biosketch). He will deliver a series of three seminars during January 2016:

  1. From materials to medicine: a sp↑n through recent developments in imaging, therapy and diagnostics (Tuesday, 12.1.2016)
  2. Magnetism on the mesoscale: Nanotechnology, Lithography, Information Storage and Logic (Wednesday, 13.1.2016)
  3. Magnetism, microstructure and materials characterization (date to be announced)

All the seminars will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre of the Department of Materials Engineering. Please see the notices for the individual seminars for their abstracts: Seminar 1, Seminar 2, and Seminar 3).

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Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan

Kannan M. Krishnan obtained his B. Tech (Mech. Eng.) from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. (Materials Science; Minor in Physics & Mathematics) from UC, Berkeley. After graduation in 1984, he held various scientific and teaching positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington, in 2001, as the Campbell Chair Professor of Materials Sciences & Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Physics. He has held visiting appointments in all six continents including the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory (Japan), Tohoku University, Danish Technical University, University of Sao Paolo, University of Western Australia, University of Alexandria (Egypt), and the Indian Institute of Science.

Prof. Krishnan’s current research focus is broadly on two major, inter-related themes: (i) Bioengineering at the intersection of Magnetism, Materials and Medicine focusing on diagnostics, imaging and therapy, with appropriate translational research and commercialization activities. (ii) Materials Engineering & Condensed Matter Physics with emphasis on nanoscale magnetic and transport (both charge and spin) phenomena in reduced dimensions, including their inter-coupling and structure-property correlations at relevant length scales, to develop paradigms for materials and devices in the context of information (storage, processing and logic) and energy technologies.

Prof. Krishnan is widely recognized for research, teaching, mentoring and entrepreneurship. He has received the TMS/FMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award (2015), IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize (2012), Fulbright Specialist Award (2010), IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award (2009), Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), the Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship (2008), the Burton Medal (Microscopy Society of America, 1992), JSPS Senior Scientist Fellowship (2002), the College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award (UW, 2004), an appointment as the Professor-at-large (University of Western Australia, 2006-8) and a nomination as the UW candidate for the AAAS Mentor award (2009). Based on his teaching and scholarship, his comprehensive 820-page single author book, entitled “Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials”, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He is an elected Member of the Washington State Academy of Science, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (London) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Acta Materialia, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, IEEE Magnetics Letters and Medical Physics. His service activities are extensive and include the UW College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Council (2001-5), the UW Common Book selection committee (2010), the IEEE Magnetics Society Administrative Committee (2011-3) and the Fetzer Institute Advisory Council on the Engineering Professions (2011-3).

In 2010, along with two former graduate students, he has founded a start-up company, LodeSpin Labs, involved in the development of tailored magnetic carriers for a range of biomedical applications.