November 4, 2022 – Congratulations to Yulan Chen and her team for winning first place in the Magnetic Sensor Challenge at the 2022 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team built a magnetic magic wand sensor that lights the LED corresponding to where the magic wand is pointing. The team’s winning TikTok video can be found here. “Lumos!”

Yulan Chen and her Magnetic Sensors Challenge Team


November 2, 2022 – Congratulations to Yulan Chen for being a finalist for the Best Presentation award at the 2022 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was awarded for her conference paper titled, “Exploring Magnetic Nanochain Anisotropy for Flexible Composite Micro-Actuators.”

Best Presentation Finalist


August 31, 2022 – Professor El-Ghazaly’s proposal to Meta Research’s 2022 Project ActuatorX program was awarded. The proposal titled “Soft Magnetic Elastomers for Reconfigurable Latching Haptic Displays” will provide funding and support for the group’s research efforts on magnetic materials and controls of future versatile haptic interfaces.


August 8, 2022 – Congratulations to Yulan Chen for being awarded the Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) Engineering Graduate Fellowship! This graduate fellowship is a high-profile, one-year award designed to give promising young, nanoscale researchers the opportunity to develop novel tools for imaging/control at the nanoscale that will enable their future research. These competitive fellowships provide tuition, health insurance, and stipend for the full academic year. Yulan received this fellowship award for her research proposal entitled “Experimentally Validating High Remanent Magnetization at the Nanoscale” involving the investigation of the nanoscale magnetization configuration in FeCo nanocubes using Lorentz scanning transmission electron microscopy (Lorentz-STEM). More information about the KIC Graduate Fellowship can be found here.

May 31, 2021 – Professor El-Ghazaly has been awarded the Zellman Warhaft Faculty Commitment to Diversity Award for her “outstanding involvement in diversity initiatives with a particular concentration on increasing the representation of and enhancing the graduate experience for underrepresented minority students.” Check out the Diversity Programs in Engineering Awards for more details.

May 28, 2021 – Congratulations to Ludovico Cestarollo for being awarded the Hemmeter Entrepreneurship award! This award recognizes the “creators of the business plan most likely to launch a successful enterprise.”  Ludovico received this award along with his peer Karan Vishwanath for their startup pitch on “RheoHero” – a company that will use material science to make smart ankle braces for athletes.

award poster with awardee pictures

May 26, 2021 – Professor El-Ghazaly has been awarded the Faculty Champion Award for junior faculty “who have served as dedicated advocates to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education through exemplary mentorship, leadership, and/or outreach activities within the Cornell community.” Check out her awardee bio for more details.

September 9, 2020 – Professor El-Ghazaly has been named one of 20 Engaged Faculty Fellows at Cornell for the 2020-2021 academic year. Check out the Cornell Engineering news article and her Engaged Faculty Fellow profile for more details.

September 1, 2020 – Professor El-Ghazaly, Professor Alyosha Molnar, and Professor Bernd-Peter Paris (GMU) started a new collaboration on reconfigurable wireless communications. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation under the program called Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (NSF SWIFT). Check out the Cornell Engineering news article for more details on the concept.

November 18, 2019 – Professor El-Ghazaly gave an invited talk at The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontiers Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.
Professor El-Ghazaly giving a presentation

September 9, 2019 – Check out the new faculty spotlight on Professor El-Ghazaly.

July 1, 2019 – Professor El-Ghazaly joins the ECE faculty at Cornell! Her office is Phillips Hall 308 and laboratory is Phillips Hall 105/102b.