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DSSC Researchers Head to MMM in Atlanta

November 11, 2010

Nearly 20 of the Data Storage Systems Center's technical personnel will be on hand when the 55th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) convenes next week. Heralded as one of the largest conferences for research in data storage and magnetics, MMM annually provides an opportunity for participants from across the globe to meet with colleagues and collaborators to discuss new and controversial developments in all areas of magnetism research. This year's conference — sponsored jointly by Physics Conferences Inc. and the Magnetics Society of IEEE, in cooperation with the American Physical Society — runs Nov. 14–18 in Atlanta.

DSSC faculty members scheduled to deliver talks at MMM include both DSSC Director and ABB Professor of Engineering Jimmy Zhu and Associate Director and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor James Bain. Physics Professor Sara Majetich will also give a presentation, while Materials Science and Engineering Professor Katyun Barmak and Chemical Engineering Professor Myung Jhon will both serve as session chairs. Materials Science and Engineering Professor Michael McHenry will attend in his role as one of the conference's publications editors.

Faculty aren't the only ones making the trip to Atlanta. Plenty of students and postdoctoral researchers will be there to either deliver talks or present posters. Postdocs giving talks at the conference include Pil Seung Chung, Matthew Moneck, En Yang and Adam Wise, who will also serve as a session chair. Graduate students slated to either deliver talks or present posters include Sesha Vermuri (chemical engineering), Stephen Powell and Yiming Wang (electrical and computer engineering), Nicholas Jones and Bincheng Wang (materials science and engineering); and Eric Evarts (physics), who has also been nominated for the conference's Best Student Presentation award. Recent alumni Jeong-Heon Park will present a poster at MMM, while Cheow Hin Sim — a participant in the center's exchange program with the Data Storage Institute in Singapore — is also lead author on a talk at the conference.

The DSSC will also host a reception for alumni, sponsors, faculty, students and friends of the center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The reception, which will feature light appetizers and drinks, will take place in the Kennesaw room of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. No RSVP is necessary.

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