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DSSC To Have Strong Showing at Intermag

April 30, 2009

The Data Storage Systems Center will head west next week as 13 of the center's faculty and students travel to Sacramento, Calif., for IEEE's International Magnetics Conference (Intermag 2009). The conference, which runs May 4–8 at the Sacramento Convention Center, draws scientists and engineers from all over to world to meet and discuss novel developments in magnetics, magnetic materials and associated technologies.

As the premier conference on applied magnetics, Intermag 2009 will offer symposia on topics covering bio-nanomagnetism, future data storage technologies, magnetic materials for sustainable energy, spin hall effects and magnetic sensors for space applications. The conference also provides an opportunity for participants to interact with colleagues around the globe, share insights and latest accomplishments, and see the latest products offered by the technical exhibitors that will be onsite.

Former DSSC Director and University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Mark Kryder will give an invited talk at the conference on Wednesday, May 6, entitled "After Hard Drives — What Comes Next?" DSSC Director and ABB Professor of ECE Jimmy Zhu and DSSC Associate Director and ECE Professor Jim Bain will also deliver presentations on microwave assisted magnetic recording and heat assisted magnetic recording, respectively. Mechanical Engineering Professor William Messner will give a talk on a method for simultaneous position and timing error detection for bit patterned media, and ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula will present a poster on behalf of ECE post-doctoral student Sheida Nabavi. Physics Professor Sara Majetich and Materials Science and Engineering Professor Michael McHenry will both serve as session chairs. McHenry was also a member of the conference's program committee.

Six students will also represent the DSSC at Intermag, including ECE graduate student Yibin Ng and chemical engineering graduate student Pil Seung Chung, who will have posters featured at the conference. Students slated to deliver talks include ECE graduate students Yu Cai and Yiming Wang; materials science and engineering graduate student Hua Yuan; and physics graduate student Chip Hogg.

The DSSC will also host a reception for alumni, sponsors and friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the Tahoe Room of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

For more information about Intermag 2009, including a complete schedule of talks and poster sessions, visit

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