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Colloquium Series

Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to electrical engineering and computer science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

High-technology R&D: Personal views on options for Science & Engineering students outside of academia

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Jeff Childress
Research Staff Member & Manager
Sensor Materials & Technology
San Jose Research Center
HGST, a Western Digital company

I will provide a perspective on career opportunities outside of academia for science & engineering students and Ph.D.’s. Having spent some of my career in both academia and industry, I will share some insights on the differences, similarities, and unique aspects of each path, including with regards to work environment, publications and intellectual property. Substantial time will available for Q&A. A brief technical overview and specific examples will be given for HGST, a Western Digital company and a leader in data storage technology and solutions.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Jeff Childress is a Research Staff Member at the HGST San Jose Research Center, and Manager of the Sensor Materials & Technology group. Jeff received his B.A. in Physics in 1985 from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. in experimental solid state Physics in 1991 from Johns Hopkins University. In 1992-93, he spent 2 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Paris-Orsay and Thomson-CSF (now Thales) research labs, and in 1994 joined the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Florida, where he was an assistant professor. After joining IBM Research in 1998, he worked on the development of low-resistance sensors using magnetic tunnel junctions, initiating some of the early trials of the TMR technology currently being used in all recording head sensors. More recently, at Hitachi GST and HGST (a Western Digital company), he has led the development of CPP-GMR sensor technology geared for next-generation recording heads. Jeff is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has over 120 publications and 70 patents in the fields of magnetic materials and technology

Supporting Software Development Work

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Thomas LaToza
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of California, Irvine

Software development is a complex and multifaceted endeavor, encompassing diverse activities including programming, design, and collaboration interwoven together. While it is often not difficult to posit opportunities for tools to make development work better, understanding if and how tools lead to improvements in developers' lives and the software that they produce poses deeper questions about the nature of software development work itself and the relationship of this work to the tools that developers use to do it.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Thomas LaToza is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on human aspects of software development, with work in the areas of programming, software design, and collaboration. He has degrees in psychology and computer science from the University of Illinois and a PhD in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on a variety of program committees, was co-chair of the First International Workshop on Crowdsourcing in Software Engineering, and is currently co-chair of the Fifth Workshop on the Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools. His work is partially supported by the National Science Foundation with a $1.4M grant on Crowd Programming.


Past Colloquia

Andy Gill
Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Arun Natarajan
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Su-In Lee
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 10:00am to 10:50am
Brian Drost
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Dr. Robert S. Laramee
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Dr. Hamish Carr
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 2:00pm to 2:50pm
Robert Chau
Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm