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Keynote Speakers

Jia-Yang Juang

Prof. Jia-Yang Juang

Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Biography: Professor Jia-Yang Juang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 2006, all in Mechanical Engineering. His PhD study was funded by Computer Mechanics Laboratory (CML) and California State Nanotechnology Fellowship. From 2006 to 2011 he worked as a Research Staff Member and Senior Principal Engineer in Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Western Digital Corp., respectively, in Silicon Valley, California. He joined the faculty of Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University in 2011, and is now a full professor and associate chair. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of ASME.

Prof. Juang's research interests include thin film materials/atmospheric pressure plasma jet/laser processing, mechanics of biological materials/ bioinspired materials, and soft robotics/ shape morphing. He holds 16 granted United States patents, one China patent and several pending United States patents. He has published 40 journal papers and 40 papers in international conference proceedings. He is on the editorial board of three journals, and has reviewed manuscripts for 49 journals. He won the Best Paper Award in the 28th and 29th ASME Annual Conferences on Information Storage and Processing Systems (ISPS 2019 and 2020).

Lecture Title: Soft Robotics: Shape Morphing and Locomotion by Controlled Buckling


Kris Schouterden

Kris Schouterden, Ph.D.

Vice President, Development Engineering, HDD R&D, Western Digital

Biography: After graduate school, Kris joined IBM in 1997 as an engineer doing development in the area of advanced head-disk-interface. His first contact with product development came in 2001 during a 1-year assignment in Fujisawa working on mobile products. After returning to San Jose, Kris took progressively broader roles in the Performance Enterprise development area and subsequently started to cover all HDD products. After another international assignment to Fujisawa between 2011-2014, currently, he is VP of Recording Sub-System product development.

Lecture Title: Forthcoming


John W. Dykes

John W. Dykes, Ph.D.

Managing Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology

Biography: John Dykes is a Managing Principal Technologist with responsibility for Device Physics simulation, experiments and staging in the research division of Seagate Technology. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Utah State University along with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental solid state physics from the University of California-Davis. During his career, John has conducted fundamental research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has held engineering and management positions at several data storage companies over the past 24 years. John's areas of expertise include device physics and manufacturing, process development, technology assessment and staging, systems engineering, experimental design and data analysis, metrology and product development. He holds 11 patents and has been inducted into the Seagate Inventor's Hall of Fame.

Lecture Title: Forthcoming