About Us

Professor Eric E. Fullerton

CMRR Director, Endowed Chair Professor, Department of ECE, Department of Nanoengineering

Professor Fullerton received his B.Sc. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in physics from University of California, San Diego in 1991 where he worked on the growth and characterization of metallic superlattices.  He joined the magnetic films group in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow and in 1993 became a staff scientist specializing in the physics of coupled magnetic films.  In 1997 he joined the IBM Almaden Research Center where he worked until 2003 when he moved to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies as a Research Staff Member and Manager of the Fundamentals of Nanostructured Materials Group.  In 2006 he joined the University of California, San Diego as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and NanoEngineering and holder of an Endowed Chair in the Center of Magnetic Recording Research.

Professor Fullerton has co-authored more than 220 papers in refereed journals, presented more than 75 invited talks at conferences and holds 45 US patents including a patent selected as one of the “Five Patents to Watch” in 2001 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine.  He has been awarded the Argonne Exceptional Performance Award in 1996, Fellowship in the American Physical Society in 1998,  the Arfken Scholar-In-Residence at Miami University in 2000, the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2002, the IBM Fourth Plateau Invention Achievement Award in 2003 and the Hitachi GST Gold Patent Award in 2004 and 2005.

Current Members

William L. Huang

Undergraduate Student

William is an undergraduate in NanoEngineering with focus in Material Science. He joined the Fullerton Group in 2013 and works on the fabrication and characterization of magnetic microdevices and thin films.

Richard Choi

Graduate Student

Richard received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2008 and completed his Master’s degree with a specialization in electronic circuits and systems in 2009. As an undergraduate, he worked with Professor Vitaliy Lomakin on a project involving the study of patterned media and coding high speed micromagnetic simulations. Richard has held internships with SSCSD involving ring laser gyroscopes and with CYMER involving DUV beam metrology. From 2009-2011 he worked on Bluetooth technologies at Qualcomm. Richard joined the Fullerton lab in 2011 and currently works on high frequency applications for nanomagnetic devices.

Nasim Eigabi

Graduate Student

Nasim received her B.S. in Physics from University of California, Davis in 2009.  Her undergraduate research was involved with understanding interactions in magnetic nanodot systems.  Nasim has also held an internship at IBM-Almaden Research Center in the Parkin group where she worked on designing a MOKE Probe and performed longitudinal MOKE experiments on magnetic thin films.  Nasim joined the Physics department at UCSD in Fall 2009 and has been a member of the Fullerton Nanomagnetism laboratory since Summer 2010.  She is currently working on ferromagnetic resonance in thin films and composite bit-patterned media for magnetic storage.

Sheena K.K. Patel

Graduate Student

Sheena received her B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2014. Her undergraduate research involved magnetotransport properties of
ferromagnetic Co/Ni multilayers and ferrimagnetic Co/Tb multilayers. She joined the Physics department at the University of California, San Diego in Fall 2014.

Ken Lee

Associate Scientist

Ken is a guy that likes doing stuff and making measurements. He will update this section with more details in the future.

Sohini Manna

Graduate Student

Sohini received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani in 2010.  Following her undergraduate education, she worked at the Laboratory for Quantum Magnetism at EPFL Lausanne where she performed SQUID magnetometry measurements.  She joined the Nanoengineering department at University of California, San Diego in Fall 2010.  Sohini currently works on development of synthesis techniques and applications for nanowires.

Jonathan Sapan

Graduate Student

Jonathan grew up in San Rafael, CA. He received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2004. As an undergraduate, he held internships at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Motorola Labs, and IBM’s Watson Research Center. From 2004-2006 he was a research engineer at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY and subsequently worked at technology startups in the Boston area prior to joining the Fullerton group in 2008. Jonathan currently works on applications of magnetic thin films for modification of magnetism by electric fields.

Vojtech Uhlir

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Vojtech joined the Fullerton group in March 2011. Prior to joining the group, he received a M.Eng. Degree in Physical Engineering from Brno University of Technology, the Czech Republic in 2006. His masters thesis was devoted to investigation of magnetic properties of thin films by magneto-optical Kerr effect. In 2010, he received a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Grenoble, France and in Physical and Materials Engineering from Brno University of Technology for his work on current-induced magnetization dynamics in nanostructures. Currently, he is involved in several projects: all-optical magnetic recording, current-induced domain-wall motion in perpendicularly magnetized nanowires, and modification of magnetic properties by electric field.


Keith Chan, Ph.D.

Currently at Grandis, Inc

Graduate Student (Alumni 2007-2011)

Erik Shipton

Associate Scientist

Erik received his B.S. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, Erik earned a Ph.D. in Physics from University of California, San Diego for his research in high anisotropy magnetic materials.

Jimmy Kan, Ph.D.

Currently at Qualcomm Inc.

Jimmy received a B.S. in Physics from University of California, San Diego in 2009.  As an undergraduate, he worked on growth and characterization of metallic nanowires through chemical vapor deposition and template guided electro-deposition.  He joined the Fullerton Nanomagnetism lab in Fall of 2009 and has worked on the synthesis and characterization of AF-coupled magnetic superlattices, epitaxial perpendicular anisotropy thin films, magnetic nanowires, and plasmonic materials.  Jimmy is currently researching spin transfer torque physics in nanomaterials, especially perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions for Spin Transfer Torque MRAM.

Rene Claus

Currently at UCB Applied Science and Engineering Department

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2007-2009)

Jean Pierre Crovetto

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2010)

Christopher Doran

Currently at UCSD Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2007-2009)

David Lam

Currently at UCSD Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2007-2009)

Matthias Gottwald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Matthias joined the Fullerton Lab in October 2011. Before he arrived in San Diego, he received a Ph.D. in Physics in September 2011 from the University of Nancy, France. His work was focused on magnetic materials with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for spin transfer torque studies. Until 2008, Matthias was a student in the bi-national German-French Physics program joint between the Universities of Saarbücken and Nancy. His Masters thesis in 2008 was dedicated to the study of amorphous CoTb alloys with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Currently he is working on the development of magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular anisotropy.

Charles-Henri Lambert

Visiting Graduate Student (Alumni 2011)

Trevor McCann

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2010)

Ioan Tudosa, Ph.D.

Currently at Stanford University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Alumni 2008-2010)

Ivan Yulaev

Undergraduate Student (Alumni 2009-2011)

Ivan is an undergraduate student at the ECE department, majoring in Computer Engineering with concentration in Semiconductor Devices and Materials.  He is scheduled to graduate in 2011.  Ivan joined Fullerton Lab in 2009, where he works on simulation software development and on exploration of current and field-induced behavior of nano-scale magnetic multi-layers.

Robert Asami

Undergraduate Student

Robert is an undergraduate student in the ECE department, studying Computer Engineering. He joined the Fullerton Lab in 2011, where he develops and executes ultra-thin film deposition processes. His primary focus is sputter deposition and characterization of magnetic thin films of the CoFeB family. Robert plays Magic the Gathering in his spare time.