April 16, 2012
University Professor of ECE Mark Kryder has received the California Institute of Technology's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for his lifelong contributions to perpendicular magnetic recording technology. The award is the highest honor the institute bestows.
Since its inception in 1966, Caltech's Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to outstanding alumni in the sciences, engineering, business and the arts for a particular achievement or series of achievements. Kryder, who joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1978 and founded the university's Magnetics Technology and Data Storage Systems Centers in 1983 and 1990, respectively, earned both his master's degree and Ph.D. from Caltech. He joins four fellow Caltech alums in receiving the award: Andrea M. Ghez, who demonstrated the existence of a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy; Clyde A. Hutchinson, who helped determine the first complete sequence of a DNA molecule and develop site-directed multigenesis; Simon Ramo, whose lifetime of contributions include pioneering work with microwaves and the development of the GE electron microscope; and Charles E. Wheatley III, who is known for his work with spread spectrum systems and contributions to the design and development of CDMA cellular systems supporting high-speed data transfer and GPS systems.
Kryder will accept the award at a ceremony on Saturday, May 19, during Caltech's 75th annual Seminar Day.
For more on the award, visit https://alumni.caltech.edu/articles/358.