Aug 04, 1998
Dr. Kryder joins Seagate from Carnegie Mellon University where he was the Stephen J. Jatras University professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Data Storage Systems Center. He joined Carnegie Mellon in 1978 as an associate professor. In 1980 he was promoted to full professor and in 1982 he founded and became director of the industrially funded Magnetics Technology Center. Dr. Kryder was subsequently named director of the Engineering Research Center in Data Storage Systems when it was awarded to Carnegie Mellon University by the National Science Foundation in 1990. From 1973 to 1978 he was a member of the research staff and manager of Exploratory Bubble Devices at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Before that, Dr. Kryder was a visiting scientist at the University of Regensburg in West Germany and a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Staging and aligning technology research and development has been one of the key issues impacting our product delivery, said Steve Luczo, Seagate's president and chief executive officer. We have restructured our entire product development and technology alignment process over the last year through the establishment of our Advanced Concepts Labs under the leadership of Nigel Macleod and the consolidation and new scope of focus at the product sites. Establishing an advanced research effort to stage technology for the Advanced Concepts Labs has been a goal of the Company since last September. I am very pleased that we are in a position to attract an individual of Dr. Kryder's status and capabilities to direct this critical operation.
Seagate has worked closely with Mark for over 10 years in his capacity at Carnegie Mellon University and has invested millions of dollars into research projects under his direction, said Porter. Mark's unwavering dedication to the pursuit of scientific advancement and his extensive experience and knowledge in the field of information storage systems will provide Seagate's new research division the leadership and inspiration necessary to push and break through today's technology limits to meet the demands of the next millennium.
Dr. Kryder holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and physics from the California Institute of Technology. He has authored over 300 publications and holds 16 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Materials Research Society. Additionally, Dr. Kryder is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
In other news from Seagate today, the Company announced the launch of its new, world class research organization. Seagate also announced the appointment of William D. Watkins to COO, the promotion of Dr. Mark Brewer to senior vice president, Information Technologies and CIO, and the promotion of Brian Dexheimer to senior vice president, Product Line Management and Marketing for Seagate's desktop product line.
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