Randall H. Victora is Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received BS degrees in physics and math from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1985. His research focus is magnetism and magnetic materials, with particular emphasis on applications such as magnetic recording and spintronics. He is best known for his contributions to recording media, including a composite structure used in modern disk drives. He served as General Chairman of the 50th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference (2006) and the president of the IEEE Magnetics Society in 2009 and 2010. He received the 2014 Achievement Award of the IEEE Magnetics Society and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the IEEE.