Electrical engineering society names Mingzhong Wu a 2021 Fellow

Mingzhong Wu, CSU professor of physics

Mingzhong Wu, CSU professor of physics

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, better known as IEEE, has named Colorado State University Professor of Physics Mingzhong Wu a member of its class of 2021 Fellows.

Wu, a CSU faculty member since 2007, was cited by the organization for his achievements in spintronics and magnetization. A 2019 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate, Wu heads the Magnetization Dynamics and Spintronics Group in the Department of Physics, leading groundbreaking studies in the areas of magnetism and magnetic materials.

Wu’s current research interests include ferromagnetic resonance, spin waves and spin-orbit torques. His research has led to an increased fundamental understanding of how magnetic memory devices can use spinning electrons, rather than conventional charge current, as units of power. He also is investigating the role of topological insulators, which are electrically insulating in their interiors but conductive on their surfaces, in advancing efficiency of energy transfer in electronic devices.

Wu’s nomination to the fellowship designation was led by Carl Patton, CSU emeritus professor in physics, with whom Wu formerly worked as a research engineer and scientist before starting his own lab.

“I have watched (Wu) take the program to new, unimaginable heights,” Patton wrote in his nomination letter. “I have been continually amazed. He has become renowned in key technologically important areas of applied magnetics and spintronics, a great mentor and teacher, and a leader in the IEEE Magnetics Society.”

IEEE Fellow program

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon researchers with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of 1% of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

“I am extremely happy that Professor Wu received this honor,” said Jacob Roberts, chair of the Department of Physics. “I have been continually impressed by the wide range of investigations in his research program, from applied physics studies that could improve computer memory, to pursuing questions on multiple scientific frontiers that could revolutionize computing – and other ­– technologies. Professor Wu’s work and the world-class experimental capabilities that he and his co-workers have created are of exceptional quality and richly deserving of recognition.”

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