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  • Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow and is leading the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices Group at IBM Research – Zurich. Her current interests include new materials and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronics, in particular, semiconducting nanowires for applications in electronics, optoelectronics and energy harvesting and molecular electronics. Heike Riel studied physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2003 for her work on the optimization of multilayer organic light-emitting devices. After an internship at the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, she joined the IBM Zurich Research Lab in 1998 as a PhD student, and became a Research Staff Member in 2003. Since 2008 she has been leading the Nanoscale Electronics Group and in 2013 she has been appointed IBM Fellow.

    For her outstanding scientific contributions she was elected by Technology Review, MITs Magazine of Innovation, to the TR100, the annual list of the worlds 100 Top Young Innovators in September 2003 and she received the 2005 Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society. In June 2012 she received the award in the category Technical or Scientific Innovation which was awarded by the Swiss Association of Women in Engineering (SVIN) on the occasion of their 20th anniversary and in 2013 she was offered a Humboldt Professorship.

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  • Masters of Business Administration, Henley Business College, UK


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