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Dr. Ryan Stearrett obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 in experimental condensed matter physics under the supervision of Prof. Edmund R. Nowak. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was magnetization fluctuations and electronic noise in exchange-biased magnetic tunnel junctions during annealing. He is currently a process engineer at Intel in Oregon.

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Dr. Peter Thejll received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1989 under the supervision of Prof. H. L. Shipman. His thesis research was focused on white dwarfs. He was a Carlsberg Fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute and worked at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics. Dr. Thejll currently is a senior scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen.

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Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in 2008 for the studies of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) under the supervision of Prof. Xiao within the Center for Spintronics and Biodetection. During his subsequent postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University, he published several high profile articles, including one in Nature Materials on spin-transfer torque in MTJs assisted by electric field to reach the limit of ultralow energy consumption. Dr.

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Prof. Bindiya Arora completed her Ph.D. degree in 2008 with Dr. Marianna Safronova. During her Ph.D. she worked on the modeling of atomic systems for atomic clocks and quantum computation. After completion of her Ph.D. she worked at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Punjab, India as a guest researcher for two years, and then at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, India as a scientist. Thereafter she joined the Department of Physics, GNDU as Assistant Professor.

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Dr. Misquitta received his Ph.D. in 2004 while working on the subject of intermolecular perturbation theory under the supervision of Prof. Szalewicz. He currently works in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in UK, and has been a College Lecturer at Murray Edwards College since 2009. His main research focus is concerned with understanding molecular aggregation from first principles, which he addresses through theoretical approaches. Dr.

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Dr. DuBois received his Ph.D. in 2003 while working on Quantum Monte Carlo many-body simulations of mesoscopic Bose and fermionic systems under the supervision of Prof. Glyde. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley, he became a research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Professor Jose D'Arruda received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1971 while working on theoretical atomic physics under the supervision of Robert N. Hill. He will receive the AAPT's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2018 Summer Meeting in Washington, DC.

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Dr. Sean Oughton obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1993 in space and plasma physics under the supervision of Prof. William H. Matthaeus. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was Transport of Solar Wind Fluctuations: A Turbulence Approach. He is currently Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

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Dr. Souleymane Omar Diallo (Souley) graduated in 2007 with thesis in the field of Neutron Scattering appplications in Condensed Matter Physics supervised by Prof. Glyde. He is currently Instrument Scientist at BASIS (BL-2) Quantum Condensed Matter Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Prof. Ananthanarayan received his Ph.D. degree in theoretical high energy physics from the University of Delaware in 1991. He is currently Full Professor & Chairman of the Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore where his research is focused on the chiral perturbation theory, colider physics, and grand unification and supersymmetry. Part of his thesis, supervised by Prof. Q.

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Prof. Sohlberg received his Ph.D. in 1992 while working on diatom molecular collisions under the supervision of Prof. Szalewicz. He is the author of more than 70 journal articles and recepient of a prestigious NSF CAREER Award in 2005.  He is currently Associate Professor of theoretical and computational chemistry at Drexel University.

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Prof. Qin obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in space and plasma physics in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Matthaeus. His thesis was focused on plasma turbulence and its effect on charged particles. He is currently Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, Center for Space Science and Applied Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.