Preliminary data are in and it is clear to all that the 10th Joint MMM/Intermag Conference, held 7 - 11 January 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland, was a grand success. At last count, there were more that 1400 registrants. The conference featured, for the first time, a Web cafe at which registrants could have wireless access to the Internet. Julie Borchers, Conference General Chair, the Program Co-Chairs, Olle Heinonen and Peter Schiffer, and the entire conference team of volunteers are to be complimented on a very successful conference.

Student travel award winners

Best student paper finalists with Conference General Chair, Julie Borchers


Notes from students’ conference diaries

Sheetal Shetye, University of Florida: Being at the 10 th Joint MMM/INTERMAG conference was a wonderful experience. It gave me a chance to meet with a lot of people from all over the world working in the field of magnetics. Poster sessions were a good way of sharing information.

Donald Scherer II, University of New Orleans: In my case, coming to this conference reinvigorated me. Seeing so many different technologies, listening to so many speakers exude enthusiasm towards their particular fields of study, and interacting with other students, has opened my mind more than I had thought possible. I now have some new ideas of my own, and I can foresee myself branching into new areas of study that I had not even considered before. The bierstube events were very entertaining for me. I’ve never seen so many smart people drinking in one place before.

Laura Giudici, Instituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Italy: This was the first conference I have attended and I appreciated it very much. The topic of my studies is magnetocaloric effect at room temperature. During the conference, I had the opportunity to meet other researchers. My discussion with them about our work was really useful, and may eventually result in some collaborations.

Wonsuk Ko, University of Central Florida: The complimentary coffee every morning woke me up to a brand new day of oral and poster sessions. From talking to people, I got information on job positions, trends in research, contacts and ideas for my study. The Internet and Networking Lounge provided me with a good opportunity to converse with other participants at the conference. The use of internet was free!

Cosmin Radu, University of New Orleans: I met students from different universities and from different countries. I noticed the ever growing presence of the work being done outside the US, especially in Japan, China and Korea. Another important point of interest for me was the equipment manufacturers’ exhibition – the presentation by Quantum Design was impressive. The trip to Baltimore was fun and I enjoyed every moment. I visited the aquarium and admired the view for the Inner Harbor.

Giancarlo Consolo, University of Messina, Italy: I found it exciting and rewarding to receive comments during my poster presentation from several well-known scientists and researchers from all over the world. It is indeed a privilege for a student to attend such an international conference. All-in-all I found this conference a very enjoyable and useful experience, actually the best conference I have attended so far.

Xiaosong Ji, University of Washington: The meeting included diverse research areas in magnetism such as exchange bias, multilayers and superlattices, perpendicular recording, magnetic semiconductors, patterned structures, and nanoparticle synthesis and applications. Several talks were related to my research on exchange bias. I really learned a lot from them and got many ideas to pursue in my own work.


Plenary Session

Welcome address by Conference General Chair, Dr. Julie Borchers.


Keynote speaker, Dr. Samuel Bader of Argonne National Laboratory, presenting “Opportunities in Nanomagnetism”.

Text Box:   Dr. Mason Williams (right) receives the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Award.The Magnetics Society honors Dr. Mason Williams with the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award for contributions to the modeling and design of high density magnetic recording.

Biography: Mason Lamar Williams was born in 1943 in San Mateo, California. He received a B.S. in Engineering in 1964 from the California Institute of Technology, and the M.S.E.E. degree in 1966 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering with Physics minor in 1970 from the University of Southern California where he studied under Professor Jan Smit.

In 1970, Dr. Williams joined IBM in San Jose, California, initially in a Manufacturing Research department. In his first year he was assigned to work with R. Larry Comstock on characterization and testing of experimental magnetite film media. That collaboration led to the so-called “Williams-Comstock” analytical model of digital magnetic recording. In 1982, he joined the Magnetic Recording Institute and managed an investigation of perpendicular magnetic recording briefly. In 1985 he became manager of Advanced Recording Heads at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose. In that role he managed the development of micromagnetic modeling for magneto-resistive head elements and the first building of spin-valve head test structures to verify biasing techniques. In 1992, Dr. Williams became the IBM representative to the Ultra-High Density Magnetic Recording Head project of the National Storage Industry Consortium, aimed at 10 Gb/sq in technology. In 1996, he became part of the Extremely High Density Recording Strategy Team at INSIC. In 1999, he was elected to the IEEE grade of Fellow. In 2001, he was selected as an IBM Master Inventor, and holds several recording head patents. At the end of 2002, Dr. Williams retired from IBM and joined Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. He worked on novel perpendicular head approaches and then focused again on recording physics and integration modeling until retiring from Hitachi in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Williams was a Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer and presented 18 talks at locations in Europe, Asia and the US.

Text Box:    Dr. John Mallinson

Dr. John Mallinson is recognized with the 2007 Magnetics Society Achievement Award for contributions to the theory, practice and teaching of magnetic recording.

Biography: Dr. John C. Mallinson was born in Bradford, UK in 1932. He received all his degrees from the University of Oxford. After serving as a jet pilot in the Royal Air Force, he emigrated to the USA. From 1957-62 he worked in the Research Department of Amp Incorporated, Harrisburg, Pa., on the design of multi-aperture ferrite logic systems. In 1962 he joined the Ampex Corporation, Redwood City, Ca., initially in the Magnetic Tape Division, where he studied the properties of iron particles suitable for high density magnetic recording tape. In the 1966, he moved to the Ampex Research Department and began a lifelong interest in the origins of noise in magnetic recording systems. From 1976-78, he led an advanced Ampex engineering team in the development of a prototype 1,000 Megabit/second digital tape recorder. In 1978, he returned to the Ampex Research Division as Manager of the Recording Technology Department, directing several activities in high bandwidth and data rate recording on both tape and hard disc. In 1984, he was invited to be the first permanent Director of the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego, Ca., where he was responsible for the selection and appointment of the professorial staff. After building up a solid portfolio of 18 industrial sponsors, he left academia in order to pursue his interests in research and teaching. Over the period 1990-2005, he visited research labs and universities worldwide presenting over 100 classes on the foundation of magnetic recording and magneto-resistive heads. He is the author of 4 textbooks, “The Foundation of Magnetic Recording” (1987 and 1994), “Magneto-Resistive Heads, Fundamentals and Applications” (1996) and “Spin Valves and Magneto-Resistive Heads” (2002). They were printed in English by Academic Press and in Japanese by Maruzen Publishing. He has published over 80 peer reviewed papers, 4 review articles and 6 contributed book chapters. Dr. Mallinson is a Fellow (1984) and Life Fellow (2004) of the IEEE. He was awarded the Alex M. Poniatoff Golden Achievement Award in 1984. He is presently a Visiting Professor at Plymouth University, UK.

Dr. Mallinson's contributions to the Magnetics Society include having been a Distinguished Lecturer, Program Chair, Publications Chair, Editor of the IEEE Japanese Translation Journal on Magnetics and Chair of the San Diego Chapter. He is presently a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.

Snippets and Snap-its from the Conference