About the Author
S. N. PIRAMANAYAGAM, PHD, is Senior Scientist at the Data Storage Institute, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore. He has twenty years of experience in the field of magnetic materials. Previously, Dr. Piramanayagam held an adjunct position at the National University of Singapore, where he taught in the field of magnetic materials for data storage. He has published more than 100 papers, delivered invited talks at international conferences, and conducted courses at various hard disk companies.
Professor TOW C. CHONG is currently the founding provost of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He was executive director of the Data Storage Institute from 1988 to 2010 while working concurrently as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is the author or coauthor of more than 300 publications in international refereed journals, has presented over twenty invited talks, and holds more than twenty patents.