Vincent Sokalski obtained his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 followed by M.S. and Ph.D degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and 2011, also in Materials Science & Engineering. During his graduate research, he studied perpendicular magnetic recording in the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon, evaluating microstructural and crystallographic details of magnetic thin films to improve hard disc drive storage capacity. Following his graduate work, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon working on spin devices for low-power memory and electronics. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in September of 2013 as an assistant research professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
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Improving Computer Memory Using Spintronics


2011 Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2009 MS, Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2007 BS, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

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Materials Science and Engineering

MSE researchers win best poster

MSE Ph.D. student Nisrit Pandey and recent Ph.D. graduate Maxwell Li won first place in The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society poster competition. Their advisors are MSE’s Marc De Graef and Vincent Sokalski.

CMU Engineering

Revolutionizing computer memory—with magnets

Within two decades, the global demand for energy will outweigh the total produced. MSE’s Vincent Sokalski is solving this problem using magnetic materials for energy-efficient memory and computing.

Sokalski discovers connection between negative stiffness and magnetism

MSE’s Vincent Sokalski and his Ph.D. students recently discovered that negative stiffness governs how the domain wall moves in ultrathin magnets.

CMU Engineering

The future of computer memory

The Data Systems Storage Center, in conjunction with the Departments of MSE and ECE recently hosted the 16th Annual IEEE Non-volatile Memory Technology Symposium (NVMTS) at Carnegie Mellon University.

CMU Engineering

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