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 Expert  723865

Expert in Data Storage Technology, Data Storage Industry, Hard Disk Drives, Optical Drives, Solid State Drives


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has extensive experience in the field of disk drives, including substantial contributions to a number of very innovative and successful products and processes. These have included some of the industry's earliest magnetoresistive (“MR”) head drives, Maxtor's first double-capacity drive, Maxtor's first 3.5” drive, Toshiba's first 3.5” drive, and Quantum's self-servo writing system. The technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these and other products include a great many industry firsts. His background also comprises extensive thin film process experience including thin film disks (He co-founded a company to make these) and magnetoresistive heads. He has also designed and built large-scale vacuum deposition (dc and RF magnetron) equipment. Expert is currently an active storage industry consultant and analyst and does finite element and finite difference magnetic modeling for new products. He also serves as an expert witness in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems. Finally, he is the co-organizer of two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference and the Creative Storage Conference.
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computer disk

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disk drive

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hard disk

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hard disk drive

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magnetic disk drive

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magnetic film

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magnetic recording equipment

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magnetic recording head

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magnetic thin film

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magnetism

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magnetoresistive head

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magnetostatics

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mass storage hard disk drive

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thin-film magnetic property

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thin-film processing

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thin-film technology

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hard drive cleaning


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1970   MS   Physics   San Jose State University  
1969   BS   Physics   San Jose State University   Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's List, Honor Roll
1969   BS   Mathematics   San Jose State University   Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's List, Honor Roll

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1986 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

Principal Consultant

 

Expert owns and operates his own consulting practice. Present work includes: - Magnetic modeling and analysis of future technology directions in data storage. - Litigation support in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems.

1999 to 2004

 

MarQlin Corp

 


 

VP Advanced Technology

 

Marqlin was a start-up company manufacturing 1” Microdrive products. Expert's Accomplishments included: - Key team member that helped develop business plan and raise $14 Million - Member of the design team for drive architecture, heads and media specifications and selection - Evaluated new technologies and intellectual property - Led thin film motor development effort overseeing: - Business development including staffing, capital and expense - Thin film processing (lithography, sputtering, plating, etching, etc.) - Analysis and modeling of mechanics, magnetics, etc. - Assembly and test of prototypes

1998 to 1999

 

Terastor

 


 

Director, Advanced Technology

 

A startup company to combine optical recording and Winchester disk drive technology. Achievements include: - Developed future product and technology roadmaps - Organized and implemented the new projects required using the portfolio concept - Led projects: system design, heads, media, advanced channels, optical and MEM's - Leader for head and media design and thin film process development

1995 to 1998

 

Quantum (Maxtor)

 

Advanced Test and Process Development

 

Engineering Manager

 

Quantum before its merger into Maxtor was an industry leading disk drive company. Expert led the development of advanced servo writer technology for disk drive manufacturing. He defined, implemented, staffed and led the self-servo writing program for all products and managed the development of advanced tests, data systems, analytical techniques.

1993 to 1994

 

Maxtor

 

Advanced (Enabling) Technology

 

Director

 

An industry leading disk drive design, development and manufacturing company. Expert led a group that developed new technology required for future disk drives and pioneered the introduction of MR head technology into company product lines. Additionally, he qualified advanced thin film media for new drive products, and led design group for Maxtor's first PRML channel

1990 to 1993

 

Toshiba America Information Systems

 

R&D, Heads/Media Engineering

 

Director

 

Toshiba America was a startup for USA-made high-end 3.5 inch Hard Disk Drives. - Created advanced development group: determined projects, hired team, led work - Planned all new product architectures including head/media/channel modeling - Created head/media group which delivered leading edge heads/media on schedule

1987 to 1990

 

Maxtor

 

Media

 

Senior Staff Technology Manager

 

Maxtor was a leading supplier of high-end disk drives with numerous innovations • Led thin film media technology and strategy across all product lines • Led research and development of new head/media technologies and products • Led a small group working on contact recording


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Co-Founder IDEMA trade association for Disk Drive Industry and 10 year Board member. Chaired various committees. Co-Founder and Board member of Magnetic Disk Heritage Center, honoring storage history. Board Member Southern California Chapter American Vacuum Society. Senior Member IEEE Member American Optical Society


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Over 30 publications and hundreds of presentations.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert is currently a very active industry analyst and specialist in the introduction of new technology. Present work also includes magnetic modeling and analysis of future technology directions in data storage as well as activity as an expert witness in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems.
  • He has a small failure analysis laboratory that includes a variety of video and data storage testing equipment and protocols. He also has access to other laboratory facilities that include a broad array of failure analysis techniques including accelerated life testing; microanalysis including ESCA, Auger, SIMS, and X-ray; optical, scanning electron and scanning probe microscopy; thermal imaging and mapping, etc.
  • He is also co-organizer of two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference and the Creative Storage Conference).
  • Expert has done numerous expert reports, rebuttal expert reports, and depositions. He has also appeared before the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Matters have included patents, IP and warranty for a half dozen clients.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in forensic failure analysis for consulting on Hard disk drive failure analysis.
  • Hard disk drive marketing expert for consulting on hdd marketing and sales.
  • Expert in hard disk drive failure analysis for consulting on Hard drive failure rate for systems in various mobile settings.
  • Expert in HDD failure for consulting on whether repairable.
  • Find expert for consulting on Cost Control.
  • Expert in HDD specifications and reliability for assessment on managing different aspect of product lifecycle.
  • Expert in Magnetic Storage Failure Analysis for consulting on HDD Teardown Analysis.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has done numerous expert reports, rebuttal expert reports, and depositions. He has also appeared before the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. Matters have included patents, IP and warranty for a half dozen clients.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in HDD for patent infringement case.
  • Expert in hard disk drive industry to consulting on patent infringement case involving manufacturing and component supply chain.
  • Expert in Electronics - memory/storage.
  • Expert in optical disk drives for consulting on arbitration of design and licensee agreement.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2006   Asia-Pacific   Analysis of operations, quality and reliability in HDD and PCB factories in Vietnam and the Phillipines.
2005 to 2005   Japan   Transfer of new storage technology into production.
1998 to 1998   Singapore-Malasia   Review of technology for introduction to production.
1997 to 1997   Japan   Transfer of new storage technology into production.
1995 to 1995   Germany   Analysis and solution of process problems.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert created the first optical storage seminar taught by KnowledgeTek to include DVD technology.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has extensive experience in the field of disk drives, including substantial contributions to a number of very innovative and successful products and processes. These have included some of the industry's earliest magnetoresistive (“MR”) head drives, Maxtor's first double-capacity drive, Maxtor's first 3.5” drive, Toshiba's first 3.5” drive, and Quantum's self-servo writing system. The technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these and other products include a great many industry firsts. Expert is currently a very active industry analyst and specialist in the introduction of new technology. Present work also includes magnetic modeling and analysis of future technology directions in data storage as well as activity as an expert witness in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems. He is also co-organizer of two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference and the Creative Storage Conference. Expert has served as VP of Advanced Development and later VP of Engineering for MarQlin Corporation, Engineering Manager of the Advanced Test and Process Development at Quantum, Director of Enabling (Advanced) Technology for Maxtor, Director of R&D for Toshiba America, and has considerable direct experience in thin film technology, particularly sputtering.


 

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