Seonghoon Woo received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2015 and his B.S. degree in materials science with the highest honors (valedictorian of the entire class of 2011), from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea in 2011.
He is currently a research staff member atIBM research center at Yorktown Heights, NY, working on the Spin-Transfer-Torque MRAM (STT-MRAM) material development while exploring other potential novel materials and devices based on spintronics. Before joining IBM Research in November 2018, Dr. Woo was a senior research scientist at the Center for Spintronics at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from July 2015 to October 2018, where he also fulfilled his military duty. At KIST, he mainly investigated topologically-protected nanoscale magnetic texture, called magnetic skyrmions, with a view to using them to realize the next generation non-volatile memory (NVM), logic, communication and neuromorphic devices operating at unprecedented energy efficiency.
Academically, his impactful researches has been published in many high-profile peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Nature Electronics and Nature Communications, and he has delivered invited talks at various leading conferences in spintronics field such as MMM, Intermag and ICM. He is the recepient of the 2018 Young Sientist Award by Korea Academy of Science and Technology, which is the highest honor for young scientist under 40 in Korea awarded by the President of South Korea. His recent work at KIST was also recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia - Science in early 2018 and other felloships.