Dr. Ran Cheng received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He then became a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in Physics and ECE departments. His research interest lies in the broad field of spintronics and magnetism. He studies novel physical phenomena and applications arising from the interplay between spin, charge, mechanical and thermal transport in a wide variety of materials, especially antiferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures.