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Kryder Earns CIT Distinguished Professor of Engineering Honors

February 24, 2012

When the College of Engineering holds its Faculty Awards ceremony next month, University Professor of ECE Mark Kryder will take home CIT's Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award for exceptional achievements that have enhanced the reputation of CIT.

Kryder joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1978 and founded the university's Magnetics Technology and Data Storage Systems Centers in 1983 and 1990, respectively. Under his direction, the DSSC became the largest academic research center in the world in the field of data storage technology. From 1998 to 2007, Kryder served as senior vice president of research and chief technical officer at Seagate Technology, where he led early efforts to introduce perpendicular recording technology and championed full disk encryption. He also initiated and championed the company's program on heat assisted magnetic recording, and was there when the first HAMR demonstrations were performed. When he retired from Seagate in 2007, he returned to CMU and still remains active teaching the course Managing and Leading R&D and in the DSSC's research.

"Carnegie Mellon has been a wonderful place to spend the majority of my career, and I am deeply honored to receive CIT's Distinguished Engineer Award," Kryder said. "While I have received other awards throughout my career, this one holds deep personal importance because it comes from the institution and colleagues with whom I have worked so closely — the faculty, students, staff and sponsors who worked so hard to make the MTC and DSSC so successful."

Kryder has more than 360 publications and 24 patents in the field of magnetic memory and storage technology, and has graduated 39 Ph.D. students. He belongs to the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and IEEE. He received the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award, the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the American Institute of Physics George E. Pake Prize and the Public Service Medal of Singapore.

Kryder earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford in 1965, and his MS and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and physics from Caltech in 1966 and 1970. Before joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty, he was a research fellow at Caltech, a visiting scientist at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a research staff member and manager of exploratory magnetic bubble devices at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

The CIT Faculty Awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 30. Click here for more on the award categories.

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