Amal El-Ghazaly

Amal El-Ghazaly

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillips Hall, Room 308


Amal El-Ghazaly joined Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in July 2019. Her work combines magnetism, ferroelectricity, and optics to create tunable, versatile electronic systems for telecommunications, sensing and actuation. Prior to joining Cornell in 2019, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California Berkeley, where she was awarded the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017. Her postdoctoral research explored new possibilities for ultrafast all-electrical switching of magnetic nanodots for faster and more energy-efficient computer memories. She earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she was funded by both NSF and NDSEG graduate research fellowships as well as the Stanford DARE fellowship until her graduation in 2016. Her Ph.D. research focused on radio frequency devices using magnetic and magnetoelectric thin-film composites for tunable wireless communications. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011.

In the summer of 2015, while completing her Ph.D., she interned with the Components Research department at Intel in Hillsboro, OR. She has also studied and interned abroad in Japan, Egypt, and Nigeria over the course of her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Throughout her career, she has devoted much of her spare time to numerous diversity initiatives in STEM. She is deeply passionate about empowering minorities through higher education and stimulating technology development and science and engineering education across the world.

Research Interests

Tunable devices; integrated thin-film magnetics; sensors and actuators; high-frequency electronics; haptics and tactile displays; precision agriculture

Teaching Interests

Applied magnetics, sensors and actuators, electromagnetics, devices

Selected Publications

  • A. El-Ghazaly, B. Tran, A. Ceballos, C. H. Lambert, A. Pattabi, S. Salahuddin, F. Hellman, and J. Bokor, "Ultrafast magnetization switching in nanoscale magnetic dots," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 114, no. 23, 2019. 
  • A. El-Ghazaly, R. M. White, and S. X. Wang, "Gigahertz-band Integrated Magnetic Inductors," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 65, no. 12, 2017.
  • A. El-Ghazaly, J. T. Evans, N. Sato, N. Montross, H. Ohldag, R. M. White, and S. X. Wang, "Electrically- Tunable Integrated Thin-Film Magnetoelectric Resonators," Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 2, no. 8, 2017.
  • A. El-Ghazaly, R. M. White, and S. X. Wang, "Increasing Ferromagnetic Resonance Frequency Using Lamination and Shape," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 117, no. 17, 2015. 

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Michael Tien ’72 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021
  • Zellman Warhaft Faculty Commitment to Diversity Award, 2021
  • Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Junior Faculty Champion Award, 2021
  • Faculty Fellow in Engaged Learning, 2020-21
  • University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, 2013
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), 2011


B.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
M.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), Stanford University, 2016


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