Jeff Childress is a Research Staff Member at the HGST San Jose Research Center, and Manager of the Sensor Materials & Technology group. Jeff received his B.A. in Physics in 1985 from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. in experimental solid state Physics in 1991 from Johns Hopkins University. In 1992-93, he spent 2 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Paris-Orsay and Thomson-CSF (now Thales) research labs, and in 1994 joined the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Florida, where he was an assistant professor. After joining IBM Research in 1998, he worked on the development of low-resistance sensors using magnetic tunnel junctions, initiating some of the early trials of the TMR technology currently being used in all recording head sensors. More recently, at Hitachi GST and HGST (a Western Digital company), he has led the development of CPP-GMR sensor technology geared for next-generation recording heads. Jeff is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has over 120 publications and 60 patents in the fields of magnetic materials and technology.
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