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The Data Storage Systems Center

Meet Our Directors: Jimmy Zhu and James Bain

Prof. Jian-Gang (Jimmy) ZhuJimmy Zhu, director of the DSSC, is an ABB professor of ECE and a professor of MSE and Physics. He has been an ECE faculty member since 1996 and co-invented the CPP/GMR read sensor patent, winning a R&D 100 Magazine Award that year. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 technical journal papers and five book chapters and given more than 45 invited papers at international conferences.

He was the recipient of the 1993 National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award and received the McKnight Land Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota in 1993. He was an Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE) distinguished lecturer in 2004 and he has been on the advisory editorial board for the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, North-Holland, Elsevier since 1998. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 1982, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Physics, from the University of California at San Diego in 1983 and 1989, respectively.

James Bain, Prof. James A. Bainassociate director of the DSSC, is a professor in ECE and MSE. His research interests are in thin film materials and devices, with a particular emphasis on device physics for non-volatile switching in magnetic, thermomagnetic and semiconductor systems. His work focuses on how to deliver energy to very small volumes of material to change the material's state in a reversible but non-volatile way.

He is also involved in research projects and technology roadmapping exercises run by the Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC), and he has served on the organizing committee of three International Probe Storage Workshops. He holds three U.S. patents and has co-authored more than 90 papers about magnetic recording, thin film devices and materials. He is a member of the IEEE Magnetics Society and Sigma Xi. He received his B.S. degree in MSE from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and his M.S. and Ph.D. also in MSE from Stanford University in 1991 and 1993, respectively.