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Quantum Design Education:  Connecting Students with Materials Research

Connecting Students with Materials Research

Advisory Board for Curricula Development


Dr. Randy Dumas
Randy Dumas is an Applications Scientist at Quantum Design. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Davis on the topic of reversal mechanisms in magnetic nanostructures. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden he studied next generation magnetic and spin wave based data storage and processing paradigms. Randy joined Quantum Design in August 2016 and his specialty lies primarily in magnetic characterization of both fundamentally interesting and technologically relevant materials.


Dr. Tom Hogan
Tom Hogan is an Applications Scientist at Quantum Design and received his Ph.D. in Physics from Boston College in 2016. His thesis work described the impact of electron-doping an iridate system defined by strong spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations. As part of this work he synthesized single crystals and characterized them using resonant x-ray and time-of-flight neutron scattering techniques. Since joining Quantum Design in January 2017, he has focused on electrical and thermodynamic measurements of various compounds and standards.


Dr. Stephen Tsui
Stephen Tsui is an Associate Professor of Physics at California State University San Marcos. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Houston where he investigated resistive switching phenomena. He joined the Cal State San Marcos faculty shortly thereafter and developed the first physics advanced laboratory class. In 2015, Stephen spent his semester sabbatical at Quantum Design to gain experience in magnetic measurements. A strong proponent of undergraduate research, Stephen currently works with students to investigate spin reorientation phenomena and frequently contributes Education Modules for the Quantum Design Education initiative.


Dr. Milton Torikachvili
Milton Torikachvili is a Professor of Physics at San Diego State University (SDSU). He received his BS in 1972 from UFRGS in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Campinas, also in Brazil. Following his Ph.D., Milton was first a postdoc and later a researcher at the University of California, San Diego until he joined SDSU in 1987. His research focuses on the properties of novel materials under extreme pressure, temperature, and magnetic field. He mentors his BS and MS students in the art and science of crystal growth, pressure measurement, data acquisition, and condensed matter physics. He is a frequent contributor to the Educational Modules being developed by Quantum Design.

Board Members 2015-2018


About Quantum Design

Since its inception in 1982, Quantum Design (QD) has developed and manufactured automated temperature and magnetic field testing platforms for materials characterization. These systems offer a variety of measurement capabilities and are in widespread use in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology. Quantum Design instruments are found in the world’s leading research institutions, and have become the reference standard for a variety of magnetic and physical property measurements. QD instruments are cited in, and provide the data for, more scientific publications than any other instrument in the fields of magnetics and materials characterization. This means that each year, literally hundreds of scientific publications, advancing the science of materials, use data generated from QD instruments.

Quantum Design believes in the importance of innovations for educating tomorrow's scientists and engineers, especially in the fields of condensed matter physics, chemistry and materials science. Our primary goal is to teach students how to preserve and foster their magical curiosity and to learn how to express it creatively. This new website is part of an initiative between QD and leading universities to develop a teaching curriculum that exploits simple and "uncluttered" leading edge technology to inspire students to learn in new and more meaningful ways. Its purpose is to encourage the development and sharing of measurement curricula using our wide range of measurement options along with our PPMS® VersaLab cryogenic platform. The teaching materials and sample experiments on this site are meant to provide instructors in physics and materials sciences readymade solutions to use in their undergraduate and beginning graduate classrooms and laboratories.