2017 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award - Professor Eric Fullerton


Home institution: University of California, San Diego

Host institution: Université de Lorraine

FIeld of study: Engineering


Eric Fullerton is a Professor of University of California, San Diego in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and NanoEngineering and is an Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Memory and Recording Research. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Physics from UC San Diego in 1991. Previous to joining UC San Diego he held research positions at Argonne National Laboratory, the IBM Almaden Research Center and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. His current research focuses the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanostructures, both as a probe of materials in reduced dimensions and for the development of novel magnetic storage, memory and processing technologies. He has co-authored 310 journal articles, been issued 51 US patents and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the IEEE.

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The research and educational goals of this project to explore new and emerging nano-electronic devices with a focus on ultra-low-power non-volatile memory approaches that will enable a new generation of computer architectures. Educational efforts will also more broadly focus on the role of nanotechnology in the modern digital world. Such efforts are needed as future economic development and security will depend on the ability to store, transmit, manipulate, and mine ever increasing amounts of digital data. The project will further establish a lasting collaborative Franco-American research and educational partnership between UC San Diego (UCSD) in the US with Université de Lorraine and Université Paris Sud in France. The collaborative research program will have the goal of establishing a Unité Mixte Internationale (UMI) which is an international laboratory sponsored by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

We are delighted to recognize Professor Fullerton for his Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award. He will be spending 6 months in France. Congratulations! 

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