Robert M. White

Emeritus University Professor – ECEEPP Affiliated Faculty – DSSC
Department Data Storage Systems Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Magnetic Phenomena

The fact that the tunneling current between two ferromagnetic electrodes depends upon the relative orientation of their magnetizations opens enormous possibilities for applications such as nonvolatile memories and magnetic field sensors. In particular, devices based on tunneling would have large impedance and require only a small magnetic field for operation. Furthermore, nonvolatile applications would not require a bias field.

In order to realize the full potential of spin-dependent tunneling, Professor White is trying to develop a deeper scientific understanding of this phenomenon. Not only must one have a better theoretical understanding of the spin-dependent tunneling process, including the voltage dependence of the magnetoresistance, but one must also understand those aspects of the tunnel junction that govern its operation.

Technology Policy

Professor White is exploring the impact of various governmental policies on the technology innovation process-the process whereby new technology appears in a competitive product or process. Examples of issues include SPIR program and the management of intellectual property.

In the News

  • Nano Device Lab Equipped for Region's Tech Startups
  • White Wins Pake Award For Physics Research & Industrial R&D Leadership
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Comes Clean With Spot on DSSC's Nanofabrication Facility
  • DSSC Filmed "OnQ" For WQED Pittsburgh TV
  • DSSC Project Described in CM Magazine Article: "Storing More on Less"
  • White Appointed to Scientific Advisory Board for Data Storage Institute
  • Boston Globe Spotlights Research on Record-Breaking Data Storage Capacity
  • CMU Researchers to Receive $21.6 Million to Enhance Computer Data Storage
  • White to Give Plenary Talk
  •  Robert M. White

    Carnegie Mellon, 1993

    Research Area

    Applied Physics/Devices


    Magnetic nanotechnology


    PhD, 1964
    Stanford University

    BS, 1960
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology