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Engineering director

Thomas Michael Coughlin, American Engineering director. Achievements include design of heads and media for several generations of rigid magnetic disk drives; research on perpendicular magnetic recording media. Member Magnetics Society of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (chairman Santa Clara, California chapter 1990), American Physics Society, American Vacuum Society.

Background

Coughlin, Thomas Michael was born on March 5, 1955 in Chamberlain, South Dakota, United States. Son of Thomas M. Senior and Constance I. (Thille) Coughlin.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Minnesota, 1977; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1980.

Career

Associate engineer 3M Corporation, St. Paul, 1980-1983. Engineer Nortronics, Minneapolis, 1983-1985. Principal engineer Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985-1987.

Senior engineer Seagate, Scotts Valley, California, 1987-1989. Manager Maxtor, San Jose, 1989-1991. Director Micropolis, Chatsworth, since 1991.

Adjunct professor Engineering School, Santa Clara University, California.

Achievements

  • Achievements include design of heads and media for several generations of rigid magnetic disk drives. Research on perpendicular magnetic recording media.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author over 30 publications on magnetic recording technology including contributions to Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Patentee in field of magnetic head and medium technology.

Membership

Member Magnetics Society of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (chairman Santa Clara, California chapter 1990), American Physics Society, American Vacuum Society.

Connections

father:
Thomas M. Senior Coughlin

mother:
Constance I. (Thille) Coughlin