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Raffi Budakian

Professor, Physics and Astronomy; University of Waterloo Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology

Research interests: coupling spins and nanomechanical oscillators; nanometer scale magnetic resonance imaging


Professor Raffi Budakian earned his Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. From 2002 to 2005, he was a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He then joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until his appointment at the University of Waterloo. In 2005, he won a World Technology Award for his work on the detection and manipulation of quantum spins. 


  • PhD Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
  • MS Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
  • BS Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude, 1994
Raffi Budakian
University of Waterloo