James A. Bain 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). Prof. 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), also in Materials Science and Engineering, from Stanford University. He has co-authored more than 225 papers in the field of magnetic, optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical devices and materials for information technology. He currently has active research programs in heat assisted magnetic recording, and resistive switches for memory and reconfigurable electronics. He is a senior member of IEEE (Societies: Magnetics, Electron Devices, Photonics).