JHU professor honored by Asian Union of Magnetic Sciences

Chien recognized for 'contribution to magnetic materials, nanostructures, magnetoelectronic phenomena and devices'

Chia-Ling Chien, the Jacob L. Hain Professor of Physics and the Director of the Material Research Science and Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins, is a winner of the first-ever Asian Union of Magnetic Societies Award, recognizing his "seminal contribution to magnetic materials, nanostructures, magnetoelectronic phenomena and devices."

Chien's current research interests include fabrication of nanostructured materials and their structural, electronic, magnetic, and superconducting properties; highly spin polarized materials, spin-transfer torque effects, and magnetoelectronics.

"I have been very fortunate working with talented people," Chen said. "Johns Hopkins allows me to do the research of my liking and pays me. Occasionally, I even receive an award. One can hardly ask for anything better."

The Asian Union of Magnetics Societies (AUMS) was established in January 2009 to promote research, education, and application development in magnetism, magnetic materials, and magnetic devices. As part of his prize, Chien has been invited to speak at next year's International Conference of the Asian Union of Magnetic Societies, held this year in Japan in early October.

Chien received his bachelors in physics from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and his master's and PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University. Chien has published more than 400 papers in refereed journals and holds several patents, and he is a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"Professor Chien is a world leader in the study of the physics of magnetic nanostructures," said Daniel Reich, chairman of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "This prize is a fitting tribute for his many years of important contributions to this field."

Also honored this year by the AUMS was Kazuhiro Ouchi, professor emeritus at Japan's Akita Industrial Technology Center.