Heike Riel is the Manager of the Materials Integration & Nanoscale Devices (MIND) group at IBM Research – Zurich and is responsible for projects in the area of semiconducting nanowires for various applications and molecular electronics. Her research focuses on new materials and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronics in particular steep slope devices for energy efficient computation.
In 2013, Heike Riel was named IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical distinction.
She studied physics at the 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 in 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. In 2011, Heike graduated with an MBA from Henley Business School.
Heike has made major contributions to the development of the (at that time) world's largest ever (20") full-color amorphous-silicon active-matrix display based on organic light-emitting diodes, which was presented in May 2003.
For her outstanding scientific contributions, Heike was elected by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation, to the TR100, the annual list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators in September 2003 and she received the 2005 Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society.
In June 2012, Heike Riel received an award in the category "Technical or Scientific Innovation" from the Swiss Association of Women in Engineering (SVIN) on the occasion of their 20th anniversary. See also the external press release and the related blog article.