January 1, 2004
Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu, Professor of ECE, MSE, and Physics was named the first ABB Professor of Engineering for his research in magnetic data storage technologies. His work on the microstructure of thin film recording media has been pivotal to hard disk drives reaching their current storage capacity. Pioneering the research on utilizing micromagnetic modeling for MRAM memory element design, Zhu has established some of the most fundamental design principles used today. Over the past 12 years as an educator, he has graduated 19 Ph.D. students and more than 20 M.S. students in either electrical engineering or physics.
Zhu co-invented the CPP/GMR read sensor patent, winning the 1996 R&D Top 100 Award. With more than 170 major technical journal publications, he has authored or co-authored five book chapters and has given over 40 invited papers at major internal conferences.
A recipient of the 1993-1998 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, Zhu also received a McKnight Land Grant Professorship in 1992 from the Regents of the University of Minnesota. He is the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and has been on the Advisory Editorial Board for the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, North-Holland, Elsevier since 1998.
Receiving his B.S. degree in physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in 1982, he then earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, from the University of California at San Diego in 1983 and 1989, respectively. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon University, he was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota from 1990 to 1996.
The College of Engineering will honor Zhus appointment as ABB Professor of Engineering with a reception in the George A. Roberts Engineering Hall at Carnegie Mellon. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operate in close to 100 countries, employing around 120,000 people.
The history of ABB goes back to the late 19th century, and is a long and illustrious record of innovation and technological leadership in many industries. Having helped countries all over the world to build, develop and maintain their infrastructures, ABB has in recent years gone over from large-scale solutions to alternative energy and the advanced products and technologies in power and automation that constitute its Industrial IT offering.