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Engineering Magazine Highlights DSSC Success

February 23, 2010

In an economy where nearly every industry has experienced significant struggles, the Data Storage Systems Center has managed to persevere. Not just persevere. Grow. New members, like Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, have recently joined the center, possible sponsors are on the horizon and exciting research projects in emerging technologies are underway. The center has also launched multiple industry-wide initiatives, like bringing the hard disk drive and laser industries together to discuss a light source for heat assisted magnetic recording and organizing a working group dedicated to mapping the future of hard disk drive technologies.

The university's College of Engineering recently featured the DSSC's success in an article in its Engineering Magazine. The article, which focuses on the research university's role in creating a U.S. economy based on innovation, highlighted various centers within the College of Engineering that are reinventing their industries. "By tapping into our resources, both human and technological," writes author Sherry Stokes, "the college has the power to develop and implement innovations that will transform the world and retain America's competitive strength."

In a section of the story titled "Transforming the Data Storage Industry, Again," Stokes spotlights the DSSC's efforts to redefine data storage. "The Data Storage Systems Center is not just about doing research, it's about transforming an industry," DSSC Director Jimmy Zhu told Stokes. The article goes on to note that nearly every major hard disk drive company in the world belongs to the DSSC's affiliate program — and that these companies trust the center to innovate. That collaboration and innovation has led to cutting-edge research and development in data storage. But the DSSC does more than just develop new technologies with its corporate affiliates. It takes those technologies and helps implement them in industry, changing the way the world stores its data.

The article closes with a discussion on the future of data storage, which Zhu thinks will rely heavily on the interdisciplinary efforts already at work in the DSSC. And imagination. After all, 20 years ago who would have ever thought that everyday people would need hard drives reaching into the terabit level? "Yet imagination is part of the innovative process." Stokes writes, "and DSSC researchers are anticipating future storage needs as they redefine data storage in the 21st century."

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