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Managing Director

Conrad Rizal, PhD


An experienced and accomplished researcher and educator in the areas of nano-magnetism, nano-electronics, nano-photonics, and allied applied science and engineering fields. Research interests lie in the design, fabrication, and characterizations, and data fitting of nanostructures for sensing, switching, and clinical applications. Delivered invited lectures at universities and conferences in Europe, Asia, and North America. Received numerous professional recognition in the form of academic and research awards, and faculty of applied science awards. Recognized for volunteer works to enhance the undergraduate educational experience in colleges and Universities in Canada.


Ph.D. Electrical/Computer Engineering

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. (GPA:3.7/4.0)

MSc Electrical/Computer Engineering

Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, Japan. (GPA: 4.0/4.0)

BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering

University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (GPA: 3.6/4.0)


Independent Educator (2012 - Present)

Courses Taught:

Introductory Lecture on Electrical Circuits - Kirchhoff's Laws; Introductory Lecture on Magnetism - Fundamentals of Magnetic Materials (As part of the college classroom teaching training at UC San Diego); Introductory Course on Statics - Free Body Diagrams; Introductory Lecture on 3 Phase 9-Pole Induction Motor - Theory & Lab Demonstration; Introductory Course on Electrical Circuits - Theory & Lab Demonstration; Introductory Lecture on Electronics - Pulsed-current Generation Circuits; Grade 12 Advanced Level Courses - Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Courses on Mathematics - Arithmetic, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

The University of British Columbia, Canada (2007 - 2010)

Courses: Electronic Engineering Materials and Electronic Circuits

Responsibilities: Involved lecture and lab work, provided mentoring and academic tutoring to undergraduate students, and provided additional support for at-risk students

Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan (1998 - 2001)

Courses: Electrical/Electronic Materials and Electrical/Electronic Circuits and Devices

Responsibilities: Course focused on thin films, material synthesis and instrumental analysis techniques, involved lecture and lab work, provided mentoring and academic tutoring to undergraduate students, and provided additional support for at-risk students


York University, North York, ON, Canada (2016 - Present)

MITACS Elevate Research Fellow

Adviser: Prof. Simone Pisana

Designing and optimizing a new Nano-scale sensor using meta-materials / metals and investigating new physical phenomena in these nanostructures using Comsol Multiphysics and FDTD simulation tools. Working towards building a new experimental set-up for investigating new physical properties in these artificially created materials.

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA (2016)

Visiting Research Scientist 

Adviser: Prof. Howard H. W. Lee 

Managed newly purchased rf-Sputtering device t, designed computer-controlled experiments, carried out computer simulations using FDTD simulation tool, and performed engineering design of electronic and optical devices. Worked towards developing highly sensitive magneto-optic sensors. Presented research works at international conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals.

UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA (2014 - 2015)

Post-doctoral Research Scholar - Employee, 

Advisors: Profs. Eric E. Fullerton and Zhaowei Liu 

Led four research projects on meta-materials, magnetic alloys and nano-particles, magnetic multilayers, microstructure, and data fitting, and investigated electrical, magnetic, microstructure, and magneto-optical properties. Presented works at the international conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals.

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada (2012 - 2014)

Post-doctoral Research Scholar

Advisors: Profs. Byoung-Chul Choi and Alexandre G. Brolo 

Led three research projects on magnetic alloys and nano-particles, magnetic multilayers, microstructure, and plasmonic nanostructures. Presented research works at the international conferences published papers in peer-reviewed journals.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2006 - 2012)

Research Assistant /Ph.D. Scholar 

Adviser: Prof. Nicolas Jaeger 

Led four research projects magnetic sensors, nano-transistor, ultra-fast optical sensors, optical switches, and ultra-fast modulators.

Independent Researcher, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2004 - 2006)

Investigated electrical, magnetic, and micro-structure properties of magnetic materials, and prepared papers for publication and conference presentations. Presented work at international conferences.

Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan (2001 - 2004)

Graduate Research Scholar

Advisors: Profs. Ueda Yuji and Murayama Shigeyuki

Pioneered in the experimental condensed matter research on electronic engineering materials and their microstructure, magnetic and spin-dependent conductivity properties. Created experimental setups to induce magnetic anisotropy in multilayers, Developed empirical spin models to explain spin-dependent conductivity results and developed computer programs.


GEM Systems Inc.

MITACS Elevate Postdoc Researcher

Adviser: Dr. Ivan Hrvoic (2016-Present) 

Designed magneto-optic nano-sensor for on-Chip bio and chemical sensing applications. Fabrication and characterization work is currently ongoing. 

Morang Auto Works (MAW), Kathmandu, Nepal (1997 - 1998) 

Service Engineer

Advisor: Mr. Arun Agrawal

Joined a 3-member engineering team of MAW, a medium-sized private organization with over 200 staff and 50 branches and one of the largest automobile and alternator dealers in Nepal, and established a full-fledged workshop. Created a new engineering department for established a full-fledged electromechanical engineering facility which reduced the overall operation cost by 50%. 

Venus Electrical Trading & Construction Est. (VET&CE), Qatar (1996 - 1997)

Project Engineer

Advisor: Engr. K. A. Mohamad

Joined a 4-member engineering team of VET&CE, one of the medium-sized private organizations with 100-200 trade persons, in Doha, Qatar and delivered projects on time. Wrote bi-monthly progress reports and made necessary recommendations. Designed and implemented innovative lighting methods to maximize productivity and reduce energy consumption at various factories and supervised and mentored over 100 professional staff.

Nepal Telecom Corp. (NTC), Kathmandu, Nepal (1995 - 1996)

Telecom Engineer

Advisor: Engr. Bijaya Shakya

Joined a 10-member engineering team of Power and Air-conditioning Division of Nepal Telecom Corporation, one of the largest public companies in Nepal with over 10,000 staffs and planned, implemented, and maintained various power equipment. Designed and implemented engineering plans to ensure standby power supplies for all telecommunications, to avoid interruption of services. Oversaw the installation and testing of the existing and new power plans.  

Development and Consulting Services (DCS), Nepal (1994 -1995)

Research Engineer

Advisor: Ivan Gordon, MBA

Joined a 4-person engineering team of DCS, United Mission to Nepal (UMN), one of the largest non-profit organizations in Nepal with over 5000 staffs, and designed and assembled current cut-out device and prototype calibration tools, and successfully tested them on laboratory and on site. Rectified existing radiofrequency interference problem of the current-limiting device. Designed and assembled a new prototype calibration tool for testing electronic current cut-out device I modified and developed.


Modelling/Design Tools: 2D-Mode Solver, 3D-FDTD, MatLab, Comsol Multiphysics, Labview, DW2000, CAD tools, Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite, PSpice and Circuit Maker; Software: C++, ForTran77, and Python; and Statistical data analysis:  GenX, KyPlot and R


Fabrication: E-beam Evaporator, rf-Sputtering Device, and Pulsed-current Deposition Device, and Interference Lithography

Physical property characterization: Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray Diffractometer, Atomic Force Microscopy

Micro-structure study: Flame Emission and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, 

Magnetic / Magneto-optic study: Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, rf-SQUID Meter, Physical Property Measurement Systems, p-MOKE meter, etc.


Completed a 6-hours online time management training organized by MITACS, Canada.

Completed a10-weeks training on college classroom teaching - an active student-centred approach organized by the UC San Diego Center for Teaching and Academic Development; 

Completed a 3-day training on academic instruction skills organized by the Faculty of Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; 

Took project management training, arranged by United Mission to Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. Completed project management training organized by Nepal Telecom Training Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Completed several pieces of training on health and chemical safety, laser safety, and environmental hazardous material safety, etc. organized by the Academic institutions in research centers in Canada and the USA.


MITACS Elevate Postdoc Fellowship,  $110, 000, (2016-2018)

Gold medal received from the President & Head of State, Nepal, Certificate, (2013)

NSERC Industrial Research & Development Fellowship,  $ 60,000 (2012-2014)

NSERC Postdoc Fellowship, $80,000 (2013-2015) 

NSERC Doctoral Fellowship, $63,000  (2007-2010)

Graduate Monbukagakusho Fellowship, Japan Government, $70,000 (1999-2001)

Applied Sciences Graduate Award, University of British Columbia, $12,000 (2008-2009)

Best Poster Award & Cash, BC Young Electrochem. Symposium, Canada, (2013)

4-years Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Canada, $15,974, (2006-2010)


Member, International Society of Information Science & Technology, Singapore (2011-Present) 

Member, American Nano Society, 411 Walnut Street Florida, USA (2011- Present)

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Piscataway, NJ, USA (1999 - Present) 

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Piscataway, NJ, USA (1999 - Present) 

Affiliated to Professional Engineers' of Ontario (PEO), Toronto, ON, Canada, satisfied academic requirements in 2006 and passed the professional practice

examination (PPE), a 3-hour closed book exam on engineering law and ethics. (2006-2016)


Guest Editor, MDPI Condensed Matter, Special Issue on Magnetoplasmonics (2019-Present)

Advisory Board Member, Journal of Nano- and Electron Physics, Sunny, Ukraine (2015-Present)

Editor, Special Issue on Magnetoplasmonics, Journal of Nano- and Electron Physics (2016- Present)

Scientific Committee Member, Int. Conference on Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, fabrication and characterization (ICNNFC'16), Prague, Czech Republic 


Reviewer, IOP Applied Physics, UK (2016 - Present)

Reviewer, European Journal of Physics Plus, Italy (2016 - Present)

Reviewer, Material Research Society Meetings and Exhibits, SF, USA (2015)

Reviewer, Mexican Journal of Material Science, Mexico (2014-2015)

Reviewer, Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group  (2012 - Present)

Invited member of the International Steering Committee, Japan-Egypt Conference on Electronics, Kyushu University, Japan (2012)

Reviewer, Open Access Scientific and Publishing Journals, USA (2012- Present)

Reviewer, IEEE Magnetic Society, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA (2011- Present)



Volunteer, UC San Diego, Postdoc Research Association, USA (2014-2015)

Volunteer, University of British Columbia, Electrical and Computer Engineering - Graduate Students' Association (ECE-GSA), Canada (2008 - 2009)

Volunteer, UBC Rising Star Tour, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Canada (2008-2009)

Volunteer, Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference, UBC, Canada (2008)

Volunteer, Nepalese Students' Associate of Japan, Japan (2001-2002)


1. C. Rizal and B. Niraula, Compact, Fast, and Low Loss MZI-based Thermo-optical Switch on SOI Platform. Optical Communications, 2017.

2 C Rizal and E E Fullerton. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and microstructure properties of nanoscale Co/Au multilayers. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50 355002. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6463/aa7c5b

3. C. Rizal and B. Niraula, Nano Size Silicon Waveguide for Sensing Thermo-Optical Effects Based on a Compact Mach-Zehnder Interferometer. MDPI Photonics Journal.(PrePrint). 08/15/2016. DOI:http://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201608.0151.v1

4. B. Niraula and C. Rizal, Study of factors affecting Photoluminescence property of Eu3+ doped CaSiO3 nano phosphor with controlled grain size: Fabrication and Characterization, Acta Materialia, pp. 1 - 25 pages. (Under-review), (06/2016).

5. C. Rizal. B. Niraula, and H. H. W. Lee. Bio-magnetoplasmonics, Emerging Technologies, and Beyond, Journal of Biomedicine and Research, 3(3): 00059 (2016).  DOI:http://doi.org/10.15406/jnmr.2016.03.00059

6. C. Rizal, B. Niraula, and B. Moa. Ferromagnetic Multilayers: Magnetoresistance, Magnetism and Beyond (Review), Magnetochemistry - an Open Access Molecular Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Journal, 2(2), 32 pages (2016). DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/magnetochemistry2020022

7. C. Rizal and B. B. Niraula. Ferromagnetic alloys: Magnetoresistance, magnetism and beyond (Review). Journal Nano- and Electron Physics, 7(3), pp: 1-16 (2015).  Web:http://jnep.sumdu.edu.ua/en/component/content/full_article/1667

8. C. Rizal, B. Moa, J. Wingert, and O. Shpyrko, Magnetic anisotropy and magnetoresistance properties of Co/Au multilayers. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol 51, No 2, p. 2001106 (2015). DOI: http://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2014.2352932

9. C. Rizal and E. Fullerton. Magnetic, microstructure, and magnetoplasmonics properties of Ti/Au/Co/Au trilayers. Digest, 2015 MRS Spring Research Review, San Francisco, USA). (April 08, 2015). Web: http://www.mrs.org/Meeting-Scene-file/2015/2015-Spring_MeetingScene_Preview.html

10. C. Rizal, J. Kolthammer, R. K. Pokharel, and B.C. Choi, Magnetic properties of nanostructured Fe-Co alloys, Journal of Applied Physics (American Institute of Physics), 113, 113905 (2013). DOI:http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4795267

11. C. Rizal, B. Karki, and Y. Ueda. Magnetic Properties of Fe/Cu Multilayers. Journal of Nano and Electronic Physics. Volume 4, No. 1, Year 2012. http://jnep.sumdu.edu.ua/

12. C. Rizal, I. Kshattry, P. Gyawali, and R. Pokharel. Strain-induced magnetoresistance and magnetic anisotropy properties of Co/Cu multilayers. Journal of Applied Physics. American Institute of Physics, April 2012. vol.111 (7), 3 pages. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.3671788

13. C. Rizal, I. Kshattary, Y. Ueda, P. Gyawali and R. Pokharel. Effect of strain on magnetoresistance and magnetic properties of Co/Ag nanostructures. IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conferences. IEEE, October 20, 2011, pp. 120-124.: DOI:http://doi.org/10.1109/NMDC.2011.6155324

14. C. Rizal, Y. Ueda, and R. Pokharel. Magneto-transport properties of Co-Au granular alloy films. International Journal of Applied Physics and Mathematics (IJAPM). Singapore: IACSIT Press, November 2011. Vol.1 (3):161-166. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7763/IJAPM.2011.V1.31

15. C. Rizal. Magnetoresistance and magnetic properties of Co(tCo)/Cu multilayer films, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. NJ, June 2010, 4 pages. 46: 2394-2396. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2010.2044761

16. C. Rizal. Study of magnetic anisotropy and magnetoresistance effects in ferromagnetic Co/Au multilayer prepared by oblique angle e-beam evaporation, J. Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 310, Issue 2, Part 3, e646-e648, March 2007. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmmm.2006.10.591

17. Y. Ueda, H. Adachi, C. Rizal, W. Takakura, and S. Chikazawa. Magnetoresistance effect and magneto-anisotropy of Co/Cu multilayered films prepared by electron beam evaporation. Physica Status Solidi C. May 2004. vol. :1752-1755. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/pssc.200304416

18. C. Rizal, A. Yamada, Y.Hori, S.Ishida, and Y. Ueda. Magnetic properties and magnetoresistance effect in Co/Au, Ag nano-structure films produced by pulsed-current deposition. Physica Status Solidi C. May 2004. 1: 1756-1759. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/pssc.200304415

19. A. Yamada, C. Rizal, and Y. Ueda. Electrical and magnetic properties of Ni-Co-Cu compositionally modulated films. Japanese Journal of Applied Surface Finishing. Tokyo: The Surface Finishing Society of Japan, January 2004. 55: 151-152. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4139/sfj.55.151

20. C. Rizal, A. Yamada, and Y. Ueda. Pulse electrodeposition of Co/Au multilayers and granular alloys. Japanese Journal of Applied Surface Finishing. Tokyo, January 2004, 1. 55: 83-84. http://doi.org/10.4139/sfj.55.83

21. A. Yamada, C. Rizal, and T. Houga. Electric and magnetic properties of Fe-Ni based particles and multilayer. Japanese Journal of Institute of Metals. Tokyo, July 2002, 66:869-872. https://www.jim.or.jp/journal/j/66/09/index.html


1. C. Rizal, S Pisana, H Hrvoic, and E. Fullerton, Microstructure and Magnetoplasmonic Properties of Co/Au Multilayers, 62nd MMM Conference, Pittsburgh, Oral Presentation (accepted) Nov 10, 2017.

C. Rizal and E. E. Fullerton, Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and microstructure properties of Ta/Ti/Co/Au multilayers. A contributed paper, AIP Physics, 2016 Joint MMM-Intermag Conference, San Diego, January 13, 2016).

3. C. Rizal, H.H. Lee, and E. Fullerton, Magnetoplasmonic Nano-sensors for Biosensing Applications, 11th Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers, Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 31-June 4, 201). 

4. C. Rizal, Z. Liu, and E. Fullerton, Magnetoplasmonic properties of ferromagnetic Ti/Au/Co/Au trilayers. 2nd Research Symposium, UCSD Postdoc Association, San Diego, CA, USA. September 28, 2014.

5. C. Rizal and A. G. Brolo. Magnetoplasmonics properties of ferromagnetic nanostructures. 58th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. Denver, Colorado, USA. November 4-8, 2013.

6. C. Rizal and A. G. Brolo, Magnetoplasmonics: Current status and future prospects. 18th Pacific Center for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) meeting.University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. December 7, 2013. Reprint PDF

7. C. Rizal, B. Moa, and A. G. Brolo. Recent advances in magnetic multilayer-based magnetoplasmonic sensors for potential biomedical applications. 37th Candian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference Series, Vancouver, BC, Canada. May 20-23, 2014.Reprint PDF

8. C. Rizal. A Review of Ferromagnetic nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications (An invited review article). 2014 SURF-FIN Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow Conference, Cleaveland Convention Center, Ohio, USA. June 9-11, 2014. 

9. C. Rizal and A.G. Brolo. Re-visited Works on Magnetoplasmonics. Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems's (ICICS) 3rd Biomedical Engineering Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada. January 31, 2014.

10. C. Rizal, Controlling Physical Properties of Fe-Co Nanostructures Using Pulsed-current Electrodeposition for Potential Biomedical Applications, Oral presentation at the American Surface Finishing Conference (Manufacturing and Trade Show & Conference), Rosemont IL, USA on June 12, 2013.Reprint Presentation Slides PDF.

11. Rizal et al. Fe-Co nanostructures for potential biomedical applications. 2013 BC Young Electrochemists Symposium. University of British Columbia, Chemical and Biological Building, Vancouver, BC, Canada. June 21 2013.

12. C. Rizal (Invited) Magnetoplasmonics properties of ordered Co/Au nanostructures. 2013 Applied Magnetic Material Conference (AMM-2013). Pori, Finland. October 23-24, 2013.

13. C. Rizal. Magnetotransport properties of Co/Au nanostructures prepared using oblique angle deposition. Delft Days in Magnetocaloric (DDMC -2013) Aula Congress Center, Delft, the Netherlands. October 28-29, 2013.

14. C. Rizal, I. Kshattry, P. Gyawali, and R. Pokharel. High saturation magnetic moment FeCo nanostructures. 9th International Conference on Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers. Minneapolis, MN, USA. May 23-27, 2012. 2 pages. Reprint Digest PDF. 

15. C. Rizal and B. Karki. Effect of annealing on magnetoresistance properties of Co/Au nanostructures.Digest, 2011 Soft Magnetic Materials Conference (SMM-20), Kos, Greece. October 2011, 1 page. Reprint Poster.

16. C. Rizal and Y. Ueda. Effect of current density on magnetoresistance, magnetization and microstructure of Co-Au alloy. Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications. Ottawa, January 2011, 7 pages. vol. 3: 291:1-291:7. Reprint Presentation Slides PDF.

17. C. Rizal et al. 13-17th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Center for Advanced Materials (PCAMM). University of British Columbia (2014), University of Victoria (2015), and Simone Frasor University (2016), Canada.


2017: Magnetoplasmonics and potential application in bio-sensing, Russian Quantum Center, Moscow (May 21-27, 2017)

2016: Magnetic Carriers for Clinical Applications, Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 30-June 4, 2016)

2015: MRS Spring Research Review, San Francisco, USA). (April 08, 2015).

2014: 2nd UC San Diego PostDoc Conference and Workshop, La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA. (September 2014).

2014: 3rd Biomedical Engineering Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (January 31, 2014).

2014: SURF-FIN Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow Conference, Cleveland Convention Center, Ohio, USA. (June 9-11, 2014). 

2014: 37th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference Series, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (May 20-23, 2014)

2013: 58th Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Denver, Colorado, USA, (Nov 4-8, 2013).

2013: Sur/Fin Conference, Donald E. Stephen Convention Center, Chicago, USA (May 20, 2013) (Invited)

2013 : BC Young Electrochemist Symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 21, 2013).

2012: The 17th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Center for Advanced Materials (PCAMM), 4D Labs, Simon Fraser University, Barnaby, BC, Canada. (December 08, 2012)

2011: The 16th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Center for Advanced Materials (PCAMM) University of Victoria, Engineering/Computer Science Building. (December 10, 2010)

2010: 15th Pacific Center for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

2010: Canadian Semiconductor Science and Technology Conference (CSSTC), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2009: 14th Pacific Center for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) Annual Meeting. Simon Fraser University, Barnaby, BC, Canada. (Dec 12, 2009)

2008: Invited Talks, 4D labs, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University, Barnaby, BC, Canada (Sep 9, 2008

2008: Weekly research seminar organized by the UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student association (ECE-GSA), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Additional information are available through the websites as:

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Course on Free-body diagrams & Statics: https://sites.google.com/site/staticswi2015taft/home/contact-me