December 17, 2010
ABB Professor of Engineering and current Data Storage Systems Center Director Jimmy Zhu has received the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award "for contributions to magnetic storage devices through magnetic modeling." The award, which consists of a diploma with citation and cash prize, honors one of the society's members each year for his or her lifetime professional achievement. It is the society's highest award.
"I am truly honored to receive this award from the IEEE Magnetic Society, especially considering the list of people who have received this award in the past," Zhu said.
Zhu, who is also an IEEE fellow, is a recognized world leader in modeling magnetic devices, especially for magnetic recording and magnetoresistive memory. His pivotal modeling work on thin film recording media has led the use of the granular microstructure in hard disk drive media throughout the past two decades. Zhu's pioneering research on magnetic switching in nanostructures has made substantial contributions to the success of magnetoresistive memory, and his modeling work on microwave assisted magnetic recording and heat assisted magnetic recording are making a significant impact as industry attempts to select the next technology for future hard disk drives.
Zhu has earned numerous awards, including the 1993 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the McKnight Land Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota in 1993, and the 1996 R&D 100 Award as co-inventor of the CPP-GMR read sensor patent. He was an IEEE Magnetic Society distinguished lecturer in 2004.
Zhu becomes the third Carnegie Mellon professor to win the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award. Past CMU recipients include Emeritus Professor of ECE Stanley Charap, who earned the award in 1998, and University Professor of ECE Mark Kryder, who received the honor in 1995.