Stuart A. Wolf


Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Wilsdorf Hall Room 201A
University of Virginia
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745

(434) 243-2402

Stu Wolf is the Director of the University of Virginia Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR ) and also holds a joint appointment as a professor in Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. At the University of Virginia he is continuing to push the frontiers in spintronics and quantum information science. His group utilizes the spin degree of freedom in novel oxide heterostructures using spin torque to manipulate the magnetism in nanomagnetic structures. He is also developing a new spintronic logic based on controlling the exchange in magnetic quantum dots.

Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Stu was a Program Manager at The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a Senior Scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. At DARPA he conceived and initiated several projects on functional materials that pushed the frontiers of materials science for electronics and he both started the Spintronics program (and invented the word “spintronics”) to develop Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM).

He earned an AB in Physics from Columbia College and an MS and PhD in Physics from Rutgers University. Following graduate school, he was a Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University and a Visiting Scholar at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society (84), and was a Divisional Councilor for the Condensed Matter Division (90-91) and for the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics. He has authored or co-authored two books over 300 articles and has edited numerous conference proceedings.