Creating the Super Magnet
Laura H. Lewis is Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, U.S.A, where she was the Chemical Engineering Department Chair from 2007 – 2012. Prior to her faculty position at Northeastern University, she was a research group leader and Associate Department Chair in the Nanoscience Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory devoted to research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Concurrently she was the Deputy Director of the BNL Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a DOE national user facility to provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate and study nanoscale materials.
Lewis received her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1993 from the University of Texas at Austin for study on coupled magnetostructural phase transitions in transition-metal chalcogenides and pnictides. She holds a M.S. degree in Electronic Materials from M.I.T. and a B.S. degree in Physics and Earth Sciences from the University of California at San Diego. Her current research interests focus on elucidating the materials factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic, that provide functionality to nanostructured magnetic materials. Current research interests include multifunctional magnetic materials for energy applications such as magnetocaloric, magnetoelastic and magnetoelectric materials. In service to the magnetism community, she has served on a number of national and international advisory and organizing committees.
She is the Conference Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics and is an active member of the American Physical Society and the IEEE Magnetic Society, as well as a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). To date she has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications, delivered 46 invited talks and holds two granted and two provisional U.S. patents. She is currently the PI or co-PI on research grants from NSF, Department of Defense and Department of Energy that total over $ 5 M.
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