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

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