Engineering prof’s research proposes solution to current data storage limitation

The world is running out of computer memory, but Lassonde professor’s research may solve that.

Simon Pisana
Simone Pisana

Professor Simone Pisana from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Lassonde School of Engineering has recently received a grant of more than  $300,000 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for his research on magnetism and heat transport.

His work addresses the limitations of magnetic data storage and memory.

Enabling computers to hold more data will revolutionize industries like healthcare, where Artificial Intelligence is playing an an increasingly significant role.

Companies like Google and Amazon, which provide online cloud storage and website hosting, will continue to thrive with increased data storage capabilities.

Pisana’s research proposes a solution to current limitations: a study of the magnetization dynamics in magnetic materials under ultrafast heat transients.

Magnetic memories are pivotal for the storage and processing of data, a need that has increased with the proliferation of digital content, a growing demand for big data analysis and high-performance computing.

Professor Pisana’s research lab is will be housed in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the new Laboratory for Ultrafast Thermo-magnetics (LUTher). The lab will notably feature a very versatile ultrafast laser system and a high-field rotating electromagnet.