Distinguished Alumni Awardee 2012 - Mark H. Kryder (MS ’66, PhD ’70)

He received his BS in electrical engineering from Stanford in 1965 and his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1966 and 1970, respectively. From 1969 to 1971, he was a research fellow at Caltech. From 1971 to 1973, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and from 1973 to 1978, he was a research staff member and Manager of Exploratory Magnetic Bubble Devices at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He joined CMU in 1978, founding the Magnetics Technology Center and Data Storage Systems Center there in 1983 and 1990, respectively. Under his direction, the Data Storage Systems Center became the world’s largest academic research center in the field of data storage technology.

"I was fortunate to have one of the best educations in the world in engineering and science. It provided me with an opportunity to establish a respected professional reputation even before I graduated, and to make numerous professional relationships that have been important throughout my career.  I am very proud of having received my PhD from Caltech."

From 1998 to 2007, he was Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technical Officer at Seagate Technology. During thistime, Seagate introduced perpendicular recording technology, which today is used in every hard disk drive, and full disk encryption, which today is used to prevent theft of stored data. Upon retiring from Seagate in 2007, he returned to CMU. Dr. Kryder has over 360 publications and 24 patents in the field of magnetic memory and storage technology and has graduated 38 PhD students.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the IEEE. He has been awarded the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award, the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the American Institute of Physics George E. Pake Prize, and the Public Service Medal of Singapore.