Jan 02, 2003
Daniel Burbank, a senior engineer in wafer process development at Seagate's Recording Heads facility in Bloomington, Minn., is the newest member of the Company's Hall of Fame. In his 11 years with the Company, Burbank has secured 10 patents, helping to expand Seagate's intellectual property portfolio in the area of microlithography.
"It is no small feat to achieve 10 patents for the Company, and it is with great pride we acknowledge the creativity, ingenuity and perseverance of this engineer," said Tom Porter, Seagate chief technical officer. "Employees in Minnesota have been awarded 769 patents over the past ten years. This momentum is credited to employees such as Dan, who keep the goal of being the best at the forefront of their work."
Burbank explains microlithography as "a printing process" for building the tiny components (coils, pole pieces, sensing elements) that comprise a state-of-the-art disc drive read-write head. Historically speaking, microlithography is derived from the 19th-century printing technique of lithography, also called "stone writing." But, ironically, part of why Burbank enjoys his job is because nothing is written in stone, so to speak. "It's a great area to work in, because the technical challenges are always changing," he said. "That's what keeps the job interesting and new. And advances in lithography are key to so many other areas in the technology."
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