2017 TANMS Young Scholars Program Culminates with the Dedication of the Elijah S. Robinson Award

posted Aug 11, 2017, 10:31 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee

For the second year in running, high school teacher and RET program participant, Eric Mattsson, brings to UCLA a team of six high school students from Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet to participate in the TANMS Young Scholars Program (YSP).  Team members Sydney Balkcom, Corey Kizzee, Jai Lewis, Thailiya Thomas, Robert Nwoye, and Naim Wright worked under the guidance of graduate student mentor, Andres Chavez, in Professor Gregory Carman's lab on the research project titled "Effect of Strain on Ferromagnetic Resonance in Ni Elements".  Aside from research, the young scholars learned about college life during a discussion panel with undergraduate researchers participating in the TANMS REU program, explored electromagnetism through the hands-on TANMS Science Modules, and attended a field trip to Los Angeles Exhibition Park, California African American Museum and the California Science Center.  The Young Scholars Program culminated with the students providing a team oral presentation on their research project and participated in a "Perfect Pitch" competition designed by Mr. Mattsson where teams presented their ideas on how to resolve negative environmental impacts of pesticides by using TANMS multiferroic technology.

The YSP Culmination ended with a very special presentation of the first Elijah S. Robinson Award for Inspiration, Integrity and Scholarly Promise in Engineering to rising junior, Naim Wright.  Naim has a strong interest in STEM and has goals for the medical field.  His collaborative disposition, academic diligence and competency is exemplary for what this award recognizes. 


About Elijah S. Robinson

Elijah S. Robinson joined the TANMS family one year ago as part of the 2016 Young Scholars Program. He worked under the mentorship of graduate student, Xiang Li, in Professor Kang Wang’s group at UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering.  He was a rising senior from Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School at the time of his participation and was set to attend California State University, Dominguez Hills, this coming fall, majoring in Computer Engineering.  Sadly, on June 27, 2017, Elijah's life was lost tragically.  

Elijah's spirit epitomizes the TANMS principles and is best expressed by his own words: “Because I understand how important technology is to this world […] I have a big plan for myself and will pursue it and give it my all. I’m fully aware of the hard work it will take and I know it’s all worth it in the long run. […] I'm driven to become a software engineer and take advantage of all opportunities that are available to me. Opportunities like TANMS YSP is what I'm searching for and I will love to be a part of it and grow as a STEAM prodigy.” 

Elijah exemplified TANMS' values and vision in his generosity and compassion for others, and in his resilience and persistence in the pursuit of higher education and engineering career goals.  In his memory, TANMS dedicates the Elijah S. Robinson Award for Inspiration, Integrity and Scholarly Promise in Engineering

TANMS Welcomes Professor Dino Di Carlo As New Faculty Researcher

posted Aug 8, 2017, 4:06 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 4:09 PM ]

 PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Ng, UCLA Daily Bruin

The TANMS family would like to welcome Professor Dino Di Carlo and graduate students, Reem Khojah and Yilian Wang, as the newest members of our 3D Thrust. Professor Di Carlo is a Professor in the department of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering interdepartmental graduate program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco in 2006. He then conducted postdoctoral studies from 2006-2008 at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Among other honors he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award, the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award and Coulter Translational Research Award.

With his expertise in the area of cell sorting and microfluidics, Professor Di Carlo joins the TANMS 3D Thrust to investigate applications of multiferroics in life sciences, particularly in magnetic-based cell sorting.  

TANMS Graduate Student Wins Best Student Paper Competition at 2017 IEEE International Microwave Symposium

posted Jun 20, 2017, 10:14 AM by Michelle Schwartz   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 4:08 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee ]

TANMS is proud to recognize TANMS Graduate Student, Zhi (Jackie) Yao, for winning the Best Student Paper Competition at the 2017 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Hawaii.  Jackie is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate under Professor Ethan Wang in the UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering.  Her research focuses on the development of 3D multiferroic antenna modeling capability that incorporates full interactions between elastodunamics, micromagnetics and electromagnetics. The TANMS 3D antenna modeling is a rigorous yet computationally efficient, and capable of modeling the complex magnetoelastic anisotropies, dispersive, and/or nonlinear behavior accurately. The numerical modeling tool provides guidelines and theoretical support to the multiferroic antenna design which is progressing along well within the center. 

[The following is the title/abstract of the paper that was presented at the 2017 IEEE Conference]

3D Unconditionally Stable FDTD Modeling of Micromagnetics and Electrodynamics

ABSTRACT: A rigorous yet computationally efficient three-dimensional numerical method has been proposed based on modified alternating-direction-implicit (ADI) finite difference time domain methods (FDTD) and it has the capability of modeling the eccentric property of magnetic material being anisotropic, dispersive or nonlinear. The proposed algorithm solves Maxwell’s equations and LLG equations simultaneously, requiring only tridiagonal matrix inversion as in ADI FDTD. The accuracy of the modeling has been validated by the simulated dispersive permeability of a continuous ferrite film with a 1.5 mm-thickness, using a time-step size 104times larger than the Courant limit. The permeability agrees with the theoretical prediction and magneto-static spin wave modes are observed. Moreover, electric current sheet radiators close to perfect electrical conductors loaded with 2 mm-thick ferrite films are simulated, which exhibit a radiation efficiency boost-up due to elimination of platform effect.


TANMS Successfully Pilots New High School Outreach Program and Welcomes Lawndale High School as a New Precollege Partner

posted Jun 1, 2017, 2:29 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 5:07 PM ]

TANMS just welcomed 200 high school students from Lawndale High School in Centinela Valley High School District into our extended family!  For four days during this last week of May, TANMS graduate students, Kevin Fitzell, Maggie Xiao, Cai Chen, and Stephen Sasaki collaborated and team-taught the brand-new TANMS Electromagnetism and Nanoscale Motor Modules that they co-developed with physics teacher, Maria Lyn Genota, as part of the new TANMS high school outreach initiative that has been almost one year in the making.  The enthusiasm and dedication from Ms. Genota and these full-time graduate researchers have been astounding and was the invaluable driving force behind the successful implementation of this program.

Ms. Genota came to TANMS as a participant of our 2016 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program with high recommendations from Lawndale High School principal, Paula Rodas, and UCLA MESA/CEED Director, Rick Ainsworth.  Widely recognized for her outstanding and dedicated teaching, Ms. Genota is a recipient of numerous awards including Teacher of the Year from Inglewood Unified School District in 2016, MESA Advisor of the Year for the State of California in 2007, and the Certificated Employee of the Year from Lawndale High School in 2017.  As TANMS Deputy Director, Professor Jane Chang, so well indicated, “TANMS is truly fortunate to have Ms. Genota whose dedicated effort makes it possible to broaden the impact of our ERC.”

The TANMS Electromagnetism and Nanoscale Motor Modules were developed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) while incorporating fundamental concepts from core TANMS research involving multiferroics and nanoscale motors.  Over two class periods, students engage in interactive lectures and hands-on activities as they investigate the world electromagnetism and explore multiferroic science and nanomotors.

The four-day pilot implementation at Lawndale High School culminated with a closing ceremony where all of the students who participated gathered to be recognized for their contribution to the new TANMS effort.  Members of the TANMS leadership team also provided inspirational talks that invited the students to explore their potentials as future engineers. 

We are extremely excited to witness the success of the Lawndale High School pilot.  In just a few weeks on June 22-24, TANMS will be hosting the first TANMS Summer Teacher Institute at UCLA.  In partnership with UCLA Center forExcellence in Engineering Diversity, UCLA MESA, and UCLA Science Project, TANMS will introduce the new TANMS Electromagnetism and Nanoscale Motor Module along with NGSS and Common Core strategies to a group of MESA teachers from the Los Angeles region.  Together, we aim to broaden our impact in encouraging the pursuit of STEM from high school and beyond.

Students show off winnings from hard-earned raffle tickets!
Professor Greg Carman, TANMS Center Director, speaks at the Culmination Celebration at Lawndale High School


TANMS Researcher Appointed as Associate Professor at Northwestern University

posted May 22, 2017, 12:24 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated May 22, 2017, 12:29 PM ]

Dr. Pedram Khalili, Co-Leader of the TANMS 1D Thrust and Memory Testbed, will be joining Northwestern University as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He will start his position in Evanston, Illinois this fall.

Dr. Khalili has been a valued member of TANMS since the center's inception in 2012, working closely with Professor Kang Wang to lead the 1D Thrust and Memory Testbed development.  He has been with the UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering since 2009 where he advanced from a postdoctoral scholar (2009-2010), to a research associate (2010-2013), and to the current position as Adjunct Assistant Professor (since 2013).  He previously served as project manager at UCLA for two DARPA multi-institution programs (2009-2014), focusing on spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-RAM) and non-volatile logic (NVL), working with several university and industry partners. Since 2012, he has also served as co-founder and chief technology officer of Inston Inc., a startup company pioneering voltage-controlled MRAM. In this role, he led the development of Inston's IP portfolio of 20+ patents, and established and led joint projects with major industry players.

Dr. Khalili received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree (with distinction) from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in 2008, both in electrical engineering. 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.

Dr. Khalili's presence in TANMS will be sorely missed.  We wish him the best success in his new position at Northwestern and look forward to opportunities to collaborate with him in the future.

TANMS to Welcome Two TANMS Doctoral Fellowship Recipients

posted Apr 24, 2017, 4:00 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 4:15 PM ]

Of the four TANMS Doctoral Fellowship awards that were offered this year, TANMS is excited and proud to announce that two incoming doctoral students, Adrian Acosta and Michael Guevara de Jesus, have accepted the awards and will be joining the TANMS research team in fall 2017. The TANMS Doctoral Fellowship was established to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue a doctoral degree in Engineering with a focus on TANMS research to advance diversity and innovation in the field. Graduating from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Michael Guevara de Jesus is not new to the TANMS family.  Michael first joined the TANMS family in summer 2014 as a participant of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program under the late Professor Ephraphim Garcia at Cornell University.  He returned to TANMS for a second summer of REU in 2016 under Professor Abdon Sepulveda at UCLA.  Michael will conduct his doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Christopher Lynch in UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Adrian Acosta comes to TANMS with the highest recommendations from the University of Arizona with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He will be joining the TANMS team under Professor Jane Chang in UCLA Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  We are fortunate to have them both on board and offer our most hearty Congratulations and Welcome!

TANMS Doctoral Student Receives Tenure-Track Faculty Appointment

posted Apr 24, 2017, 9:37 AM by Michelle Schwartz   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

TANMS is very proud to announce that one of our doctor students, John Domann, was offered a tenure-track faculty position at Virginia Tech.  John will serve as an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) Department at Virginia Tech starting in the next academic year. John is currently finishing his Ph.D. in the Active Materials Laboratory under Professor Greg Carman with UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. John received his bachelor’s and master’s degress from the University of Kansas, where he was named a Fellow with the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation and co-invented a piezoelectric spinal fusion implant that recently finished a successful animal trial and has been licensed by a startup company.

John’s doctoral work at UCLA broadly focused on the dynamics of magnetoelastic materials across numerous size and time scales. He worked with AFRL researchers from Eglin Air Force Base to conduct experimental studies on the impact and shock response of Galfenol, a magnetoelastic material. This work included analysis of Galfenol’s use in pulsed power generation devices, as well as the first analytic model of a strain-powered antenna. John’s recent work with TANMS focused on the strain mediated control of nanoscale magnetism. The goal of this work is to create novel devices with multiple orders of magnitude energy efficiency improvements of current state of the art electronics. He collaborated with numerous TANMS researchers to explore the magnetoelastic control of the quantum mechanical exchange bias effect, energy efficient magnetic logic devices, novel antenna designs, and micron scale magnetic motors. In addition to his research, John made significant contributions to the TANMS Education programs by serving as a graduate mentor and by participating in the development of teaching modules that introduced high school and undergraduate students to multiferroic materials and devices.  John looks forward to continuing his research on multiferroic devices and exploring their applications in the biomedical field at Virginia Tech. 

2017 Annual Review Site Visit

posted Apr 17, 2017, 12:22 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

TANMS Annual Review
NSF Site Visit
May 2-3, 2017 - UCLA Luskin Conference Center

DAY 1 – MAY 2, 2017

07:00 – 08:00


TANMS Introductions ( Makita Phillips, moderator)

08:00 – 08:05

Welcome Site Visit Team (Greg Carman)

08:05 – 08:15

Deans of Engineering Statement ( Dean)

08:15 – 08:45

TANMS Research, Translate, and Educational Overview (Greg Carman)

TANMS Thrusts ( Makita Phillips, moderator)

08:45 – 09:10

1-D Multiferroic Thurst/Testbed (K.Wang)

09:10 – 09:20

AMBER (Kioussis)

09:20 – 09:40


TANMS Thrusts Continued (Roberto Lo Conte, Moderator)

09:40 – 10:05

2-D Multiferroic Thrust (Ethan Wang)

10:05 – 10:30

3-D Multiferroic Thrust (Rob Candler)


Metamaterial Printer (Jeff Bokor)

10:40 – 11:05

Modeling Thrust (Chris Lynch)

11:05 – 11:30

Material Synthesis Thrust (Sarah Tolbert)

11:30 – 12:00

Executive Session (Deborah Jackson)

12:00 – 01:00


TANMS Innovation Ecosystem ( Xiang Li, moderator)

01:00 – 01:45

TANMS Innovation Ecosystem (Tom Normand)

01:45 – 02:15

Private Session Industry Meeting (Deborah Jackson)

02:15 – 03:15


TANMS Education Program (Rachel Steinhardt, Moderator)

03:15 – 04:15

TANMS Education Program (Pilar)

04:15 – 05:00

Private Session Student Meeting (Dom & Students)

05:00 – 05:30

Executive Session (Deborah Jackson)

05:30 – 05:40

Presentation of SVT Concerns (Site Visit Team)





DAY 2 – MAY 3, 2017

07:30 – 08:00


Tesla Conference Room
Engineering IV Building, 5th Floor

08:00 – 09:15

ERC Response to SVT Concerns (TANMS Team)

09:15 – 04:30

SVT Writing Session


Lunch Served @ 11:30

Spring 2017 IAB Meeting

posted Apr 17, 2017, 11:51 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 9:53 AM by Michelle Schwartz ]

TANMS Industrial Advisory Board Meeting
May 1, 2017 @ UCLA Luskin Conference Center


  7:00am –  8:00am

                Hot BREAKFAST & Registration

-          Luskin’s Plateia Restaurant (Voucher provided at check-in counter)

  8:00am –  8:20am

 “Welcome and Updates”

-           Tom Normand, TANMS Director of Industry Collaboration & Innovation

-           Stephen Sasaki, Incoming TANMS Student Leadership President

  8:20am –   8:40am

“Proposed Research Funding Distribution for 2017-2018”

-           Greg Carman, TANMS Center Director

  8:40am –   9:30am

Thrust Vision(s) for 2017-2018

-           Memory Thrust Leader - Kang Wang, UCLA, 10 min. (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

-           Antenna Thrust Leader – Ethan Wang, UCLA, 10 min. (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

-           Motor Thrust Leader – Rob Candler, UCLA, 10 min. (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

-           Modeling Thrust Leader – Chris Lynch, UCLA, 10 min. (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

-           Materials Thrust Leader – Sarah Tolbert, UCLA, 10 min. (5 min + 5 min Q&A)

  9:30am –  9:50am


  9:50am – 11:00am

“Individual PI Research Funding Pre-Proposal Pitches for 2017-2018

-           Jane Chang, UCLA,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Nick Kioussis, CSUN, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Kang Wang, UCLA,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Sarah Tolbert, UCLA,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Ramesh R. UC Berkeley,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-       Darrell Schlom, Cornell,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Igor Beloborodov, CSUN,  10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

11:00am – 11:20am


11:20am – 12:00pm

“Individual PI Research Funding Pre-Proposal Pitches for 2017-2018

-           Ethan Wang, UCLA, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Rashaunda Henderson, UT Dallas, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Nian Sun, Northeastern, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Greg Carman, UCLA, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Hot  LUNCH at Luskin’s Plateia Restaurant

  1:30pm –  2:20pm

 “PI Research Funding Pre-Proposal Pitches for 2017-2018

-           Sayeef Salahuddin, UC Berkeley, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Rob Candler, UCLA, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Abdon Sepulveda, UCLA, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Jeff Bokor, UC Berkeley, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

-           Chris Lynch, UCLA, 10 min (5 min + 5 min for questions)

  2:20pm –  3:00pm

 “Pre-Proposal Pitch(s) for 2017-2018 Deliberation

-           John Gianvittorio, IAB Chair + IAB Only

  3:00pm –  3:30pm

 “TANMS Future Sustainability Model Discussions”

-           Tom Normand, TANMS Director of Industry Collaboration & Innovation

  3:30pm –  4:30pm

 IAB SWOT Analysis

-           IAB Only

  4:30pm –  5:00pm

 IAB Feedback and wrap-up (with prep for NSF review tomorrow)

-       John Gianvittorio, IAB Chair + ALL TANMS Members

TANMS Industry Member Inston Inc. Receives NSF Small Business/ERC Collaboration Opportunity Award

posted Mar 30, 2017, 8:17 AM by Michelle Schwartz   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 9:15 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee ]

We are happy to announce that one of our Industrial Affiliates members, Inston Inc., was recently (February 2017) awarded a NSF SECO grant.

TANMS collaborated with INSTON to submit a SECO (Small-Business/ ERC Collaborative Opportunity) Supplemental Funding Opportunity available to current NSF SBIR Phase 2 awardees that collaborate with current NSF ERCs.  Award details and abstract is available at .

Working with TANMS under this SECO supplement, Inston plans to achieve ambitious memory device metrics that go beyond those originally outlined in its Phase II program, to support its technical roadmap for the 20 nm CMOS technology node and beyond. Inston plans to achieve this by leveraging the joint expertise at Inston and TANMS. In particular, the expertise and facilities available within TANMS with respect to strain engineering of nanomagnetic devices – both modeling and experimental – will significantly accelerate Inston’s progress to achieve this technology milestone.

This partnership will make MeRAM devices compatible with CMOS 20 nm and below nodes without the need for high-voltage transistors or charge pumping, hence achieving higher-density memory arrays. Based on Inston’s interactions with customers and semiconductor foundries, it sees a large opportunity at these technology nodes for MeRAM to replace high-performance embedded SRAM.  In particular, while recent public announcements from foundries (Samsung and Global Foundries) have confirmed that magnetic memory will be available within two years at the 28 nm node, there is a pressing need to develop solutions for the 20 nm node and below, as well as to achieve higher speed to replace SRAM (currently not possible with spin torque MRAM, which is too slow compared to SRAM Cache memories). This is driven by the scaling challenges of current-controlled spin-torque MRAM to achieve competitive performance at 20 nm and below nodes, where our voltage-controlled MeRAM offers a clear performance-density advantage.

We are looking forward to collaborating with Inston Inc on this exciting NSF SECO! 

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