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MIE PhD Candidate Criss Zhang co-hosted the 2020 AtC-AtG International Magnetics Conference

MIE PhD Candidate Criss (Xiaoyu) Zhang served on the Program Committee and helped run the 2020 Around-the-Clock Around-the-Globe (AtC-AtG) Magnetics Conference, a brand-new virtual international conference powered by the IEEE Magnetics Society. The AtC-AtG Conference, held on Aug.27th, was a great success. It attracted almost 2000 Zoom participants from 42 different countries and over 1500 views on the YouTube Livestream on that day.

Criss (Xiaoyu) Zhang, PhD’21

The AtC-AtG Conference adopted a novel 24-hour non-stop format, allowing scholars worldwide to present research during their local daytime by progressing through global time zones. This event featured 9 invited talks or tutorials from senior scientists in the international magnetics community, and 70 contributed oral presentations from graduate students and postdocs worldwide (27 countries, 5 continents).

This Conference was organized by a group of 18 young magnetics professionals worldwide (senior graduate students and postdocs), aiming to unite the global magnetics community during this challenging time of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a junior member in the committee, Criss made remarkable contributions in promoting, designing, and managing the Conference, and is truly proud of and grateful for this opportunity.

Criss is currently starting his 5th year with the Nanomagnetism Research Group at Northeastern University. His dissertation focuses on understanding and tailoring first-order phase transformations in a variety of magneto-functional materials, using processing variables such as temperature, magnetic field, and mechanical stress. These materials are under consideration for next-generation, highly efficient energy-related devices, or biomedical applications.

Related Departments:Mechanical & Industrial Engineering