Kannan M. Krishnan selected as Distinguished Lecturer for 2009 by IEEE Magnetics Society

Kannan M. Krishnan, UW professor of materials science and engineering and adjunct professor of physics, has been named the Distinguished Lecturer for 2009 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Magnetics Society. Lecturers are selected for their outstanding achievements in magnetics research and excellent communication skills.

Krishnan will lecture on the topic of biomedical nanomagnetics at Magnetics Society chapters and for audiences of professional scientists and engineers, students and the general public at a number of locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. The aim of the distinguished lecture is to introduce recent advances in a specific area of magnetics and to “enthuse and inspire” young researchers beginning their careers in the field.

Krishnan also is invited to submit an article based on the lecture to the "Advances in Magnetics" section of IEEE’s Transactions on Magnetics publication. The Magnetics Society will present a certificate to Krishnan at the joint MMM/Intermag conference in January 2010.

“This is a unique honor to be part of a select list of highly accomplished scientists and engineers who have been chosen as distinguished lecturers by the society over the years,” Krishnan said. “It is not only a world-wide recognition of our leadership in magnetics but is also a testament to the high quality of our research program at UW, much of which would not have been possible without the dedication, creativity and hard work of my students. It is a real pleasure to share this award with them.”

Krishnan is widely recognized for his research and teaching. His awards include a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2004, the UW College of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award in 2004, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005 and appointment as the professor-at-large at the University of Western Australia from 2006 to 2008.

Earlier this year, Krishnan was named the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency at the Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, where he is serving a one-month residency in the fall. His work over the last two decades is converging in the form of a book titled "Fundamentals and Applications of Magnetic Materials," which he is working on while on sabbatical from UW for a year.

Krishnan earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He earned his master’s degree in materials science in 1980 from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and his doctorate in materials science in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information on Krishnan, visit his Web site. For more information on the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers, visit their Web site.

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