JHU Physicist Inaugural Winner of 2012 Prize of the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies

Chia-Ling Chien, the Jacob L. Hain Professor of Physics and the Director of the Material Research Science and Engineering Center at The Johns Hopkins University, 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. 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,” said Chien.

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 bachelor’s degree in physics from Tunghai University (Taiwan), and his master’s and PhDs from Carnegie-Mellon University. Chien has published more than 400 papers in refereed journals and holds several patents. He is a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of the most cited scientists, with more than 15,000 citations with an H-index of 61. (The “h-index” is an index that measures the impact and productivity of a scientist published work by virtue of how often it is cited by other scientists in other publications.) He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He is also Honorary Professor at Nanjing University, Lanzhou University, and Fudan University in China. He is the 2004 recipient of the David Adler Award of the American Physical Society. He is the 2005 Distinguished Lecturer of the Magnetics Society of IEEE.
“Prof. 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.