Prof. Qiming SHAO Awarded IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award

On 12 Jan 2022, Prof. Qiming SHAO was awarded the 2022 IEEE Magnetics Society Early Career Award at the 2022 Joint MMM-INTERMAG conference in New Orleans, USA, for his contributions to spin-orbit torque devices with quantum materials and systems. Every year, this international award is given to one recipient “who has already shown outstanding scientific or technical achievements which has been significantly beyond the average performance of a person at that career level (not more than 5 years after completion of his or her PhD)”. The IEEE Magnetics Society is the “premiere organization for professionals in magnetics research and technology”.

Prof. Qiming SHAO is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronica and Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the director of the Quantum Spintronic Materials Laboratory and co-director of the Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Quantum Technologies. His group aims to realize energy and time-efficient hardware for physical and quantum intelligence. His research interests are novel electronic and spintronic materials and structures for memory, neuromorphic and quantum computing applications.

Prof. SHAO is the leading expert in spin-orbit torque devices and recently led the plot of a roadmap for spin-orbit torque technology. On the one hand, his group has utilized topological insulators and two-dimensional quantum materials for the energy-efficient generation of spin-orbit torques to manipulate magnetic devices. On the other hand, his group developed an ultralow damping platform hosting magnetic topological skyrmions based on magnetic insulators to achieve low-power recording of the magnetic information. Because of his works in related areas, Prof. SHAO’s team has been granted the Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, General Research Fund, Joint Research Scheme with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and other industry and government funds. 

Prof. SHAO received his Bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award. He is currently the treasurer of IEEE HK Magnetics Society Chapter (2022) and was the chair of IEEE HK Joint Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits Chapter (2020-2021). 


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