Name: Sadik C. Esener (Co-Chair)

Address: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (0407)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

Sadik C. Esener is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego, where he leads the Optoelectronic Computing Group and is the Director of the joint DARPA/Industry/University consortium on Free-Space Optical Interconnects. He received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from UCSD in 1987 where he also was an assistant professor from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, he became an associate professor, and in 1996, professor. His current research at UCSD is in the area of optical interconnect devices and systems. Professor Esener is also actively involved in research on optical data storage and has co-pioneered the development of parallel read-out 3D optical storage systems based on two-photon absorption. He is the co-founder and President of Call/Recall, Inc., a San Diego-based company developing multilayer optical data storage systems and media. He holds 6 patents, and has over 100 publications, and several book chapters. He is a member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. Professor Esener received a certificate of recognition from NASA in March 1987 for his pioneering work on optically addressed random access memories.

Name: Mark H. Kryder (Co-Chair)

Address: Carnegie Mellon University
Data Storage Systems Center
Roberts Engineering Hall, Room 348
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Mark H. Kryder is the Stephen J. Jatras University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1970, where he also was a research associate from 1969 to 1971. From 1971 to 1973 he was a visiting scientist at the University of Regensburg, W. Germany. From 1973 to 1978 he was a research staff member and manager of exploratory magnetic bubble device technology at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Since 1978, he has been at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded first the industrially funded Magnetics Technology Center and then the NSF/industrially funded Data Storage Systems Center. He has over 300 publications and 16 patents. His current research is in the area of ultrahigh density magnetic and optical recording technologies. Professor Kryder is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and the Optical Society of America.

Name: William D. Doyle

Address: University of Alabama
Box 870209
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0209

William Doyle received BS and MS degrees from Boston College in 1957 and 1959, and a PhD degree in physics from Temple University in 1964. He joined Franklin Institute Laboratories in 1959, focusing on thin magnetic films for information storage. He has continued this work throughout his career at Univac (1964-1979), Motorola (1979-1984), and Kodak (1984-1990) where he had both scientific and management responsibilities. In 1970-1971, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of York, England. Since 1990, he has served as Director of the Materials for Information Technology (MINT) Center and holds the MINT Chair in the Physics Department. He is an IEEE Fellow, has authored more than 50 papers on storage materials, and was an IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 1982 and 1995. In 1993, he received the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award and was President of the Society from 1987-1988.

Name: Marvin Keshner

Address: Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
1501 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1126

Dr. Keshner has three degrees, BS, MS and PhD, in electrical engineering and computer science-all from MIT in Cambridge, Mass. His areas of focus were solid state physics, communications theory, medical electronics, and analog circuit design.

Between his Masters and PhD programs, Dr. Keshner was the lead engineer at the medical electronics lab, located at the Boston City Hospital, and part of the Harvard Medical School teaching and research program.

Dr. Keshner joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1979 to work on the development of the thin film disk for magnetic disk storage devices. Since then, he has worked on magnetic and optical storage devices and also on architectures for achieving high performance from the storage in computer systems.

Currently, Dr. Keshner is the director of the Information Storage Technology Laboratory at HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. His team is currently working on magnetic tape, optical and various advanced storage projects.

Name: Masud Mansuripur

Address: University of Arizona, Optical Science Center
1630 East University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Dr. Masud Mansuripur is a professor of optical sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his BS degree at Arya-Mehr University of Technology (1977) and two MS degrees at Stanford University (1978 and 1980, respectively). Dr. Mansuripur also did his PhD at Stanford (1981).

Dr. Mansuripur's areas of research have included magneto-optical disk data storage, information theory, micromagnetic simulations, optics of birefringent media, and the theory of diffraction. He is the author of Introduction to Information Theory, (Prentice-Hall, 1987) and The Physical Principles of Magneto-Optical Recording (Cambridge University Press, 1995). In addition, he has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and has given numerous technical presentations at international conferences and industrial laboratories.

Name: David A. Thompson

Address: International Business Machines Corporation
Almaden Research Center
Mail Stop K01/802, 650 Harry Road
San Jose, CA 95120-6099

David A. Thompson received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1962, 1963, and 1966, respectively. In 1965, he became an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at C.I.T., now Carnegie Mellon University. His research activities there were primarily in the fields of magnetic thin films and microwaves. From 1968 to 1987 he was at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. There his work was concerned with magnetic memory, magnetic recording, and magnetic transducers. He became an IBM Fellow in 1980, and was named Director of the Compact Storage Laboratory in December 1985. He moved to Almaden Research Center in 1987 to assume responsibilities as Director of Magnetic Recording Institute as well as Director of Compact Storage Laboratory. These two programs merged in 1991, to form the Advanced Magnetic Recording Laboratory (AMRL). He is presently head of AMRL. Dr. Thompson is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the IEEE Magnetics Society. He has served terms as President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He served four three-year terms on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society, is often a member of the Program Committee of the Intermag Conference, was Program Co-Chairman of the Intermag '86 Conference and of the Intermag '78 Conference in Florence, Italy, and has served as Reviews Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. He was Conference Chairman of the first TMRC (The Magnetic Recording Conference) in 1990. Dr. Thompson has been member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Magnetics Technology Centre (National University of Singapore) since its inception. He was elected a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering in 1988. In April 1992 he received the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award, "for pioneering work in miniature magnetic devices for data storage..." In 1993 he received the National Inventor of the Year Award from the New York (Patent Lawyers) Association. He is currently a Master Inventor of the IBM Corporation. In 1996, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

Published: June 1999; WTEC Hyper-Librarian