Professor James A. Bain received his B.S. (1988) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is associate director of the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC). These departments and the DSSC are part of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Bain has co-authored more than 225 papers in the field of magnetic, optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical devices and materials for information storage. He currently has active research programs in heat assisted magnetic recording, and resistive switches for memory and reconfigurable electronics. He is a member of the Materials Research Society and the IEEE Magnetics, IEEE Electron Devices, and IEEE Photonics Societies.