Prof. Dr. John Paul Strachan
Head of Institute
John Paul Strachan directs the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-14) for Neuromorphic Compute Nodes at Forschungszentrum Jülich, and is Professor in the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University. Before this, John Paul led the Emerging Accelerators team within the A.I. Lab at Hewlett Packard Labs, where he was a Distinguished Technologist. He received Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering with Computer Science and Physics from MIT, a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a PhD from Stanford University in Applied Physics. He took a post-doc at Hewlett Packard Labs and joined the permanent staff. He has over 50 patents, has authored or co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed papers. He previously studied nanomagnetic devices for memory for which he was awarded the Falicov Award from the American Vacuum Society, and has developed sensing systems for precision agriculture in a company which he co-founded. Since 2014, he has been leading a team to explore novel computing architectures that exploit emerging device technologies for increased energy efficiency and performance. He serves in professional societies including IEEE IEDM ExComm, the Nanotechnology Council ExComm, and past program chair and steering member of the International Conference on Rebooting Computing. Since July 2021, John Paul moved to Germany to ramp up a new institute continuing his exciting research and benefiting from the many rich collaborations at Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University.