Jean-Pierre Nozières, Executive Director

Jean-Pierre has worked in both France and Silicon Valley, alternating technical and management positions in research and industry. He was a research scientist at IBM-San Jose, research staff at France’s National Research Center (CNRS), development manager at Applied Magnetics in Santa Barbara and Technical Director at PHS-MEMS, a french start-up. He then launched and directed Spintec and founded Crocus where he served as CTO for 5 years. He is now back at Spintec as Executive Director. Jean-Pierre holds many international patents and has authored more than 100 scientific publications. Jean-Pierre holds an engineering degree from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble) and a PhD in Physics from Grenoble University (France).

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Ioan-Lucian Prejbeanu, Deputy Head

Lucian has been conducting research on nanomagnetism and spintronics for almost 15 years. He holds a Physics degree from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj (Romania) and a PhD in Physics from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg where he pioneered the work on magnetic nanostructures. He then joined Spintec where he worked on the thermally assisted MRAM concept, on probe storage and on logic devices based upon domain wall motion under polarized currents. He joined Crocus Technology mid-2006 as R&D manager, where he made key contributions to the development and industrialization of thermally assisted MRAM for which he was awarded the SEE-IEEE Brillouin prize in 2012. In 2013, Lucian returns to Spintec as deputy director. He holds more than 30 international patents on magnetic memories and has authored about 50 scientific publications and book chapters on nanomagnetism and spintronics.

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Bernard Dieny, Chief Scientist

Bernard graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and got a PhD in Physics from the University of Grenoble, France. Bernard is world-famous for the discovery of spin valves but this was not his only achievement. Throughout his career, he has contributed to major breakthroughs in spintronics, similarly at ease in theoretical physics and applied science. Bernard has spent most of his career in CEA/Grenoble. He co-founded SPINTEC in 2001 and has been the lab chief scientist since then. He also spent two long term assignments at IBM Research and University California San Diego. Bernard holds more than 50 patents and signed about 310 scientific publications. He received an outstanding achievement award from IBM in 1992 and was awarded from the French Society of Physics in 1999. His team was awarded the European Descartes Price for Research for his work on thermally assisted MRAM in 2006. He received an Advanced Research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2009 and was nominated IEEE Fellow in 2010. His field of expertise covers a broad spectrum from basic research in nanomagnetism and spin-electronics to functional spintronic devices, particularly MRAM.

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