Iowa State engineering professor named top editor of leading academic journal

AMES, Iowa -- David Jiles, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, has been named editor in chief of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Magnetics, the leading academic journal devoted to the basic physics of magnetism, magnetic materials, applied magnetics and magnetic devices.

Jiles' appointment is effective starting in January. Besides serving as the primary liaison between the Magnetics Society (of which Jiles is a Fellow) and its flagship publication, he will coordinate an editorial group of about 10 colleagues who collectively review up to 200 archival submissions and up to 1,000 papers in conference proceedings annually. Currently IEEE Transactions on Magnetics publishes 4,000 to 5,000 pages annually of the latest research findings in the field, nearly twice the volume as 10 years ago.

The journal is published by the Magnetics Society, the world's leading professional organization for the study of magnetism and magnetic materials. Jiles, who has been a Fellow of the society since 1994, has served as an editor of Transactions since 1992.

Jiles received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, in 1975, and his master's degree in nuclear physics from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1976. In 1979, he was awarded the doctorate in applied physics from the University of Hull (UK), followed by a doctorate in physics and space research from Birmingham in 1990.

Jiles and his research group have pursued investigations into magnetism and magnetic materials, condensed matter and materials physics, the electronic properties of materials, the mechanical properties of solids and the nondestructive evaluation of materials. He has coordinated several national and international programs that research the effects of structure on the magnetic properties of materials, and he has published more than 400 research papers and two books. Jiles has served as a visiting professor at a number of leading European universities and research centers, most recently at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and the Wolfson Center for Magnetics at the University of Cardiff in the U.K.