The Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) was founded in 1983 by a consortium of U.S. companies in the magnetic recording industry. The Center's mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in magnetic storage, and to produce highly trained graduate students and postdoctoral professionals. CMRR also serves as a catalyst for joint investigations amongst its industrial sponsors, government agencies, and the university. The Center is housed in a 26,700 square foot building on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. The modular, three-story research facility includes laboratories, academic and administrative offices and support areas. It includes a 100-seat lecture hall, a conference room and a library.
Key personnel include seven faculty from the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanoengineering, and Physics. Additional researchers and affiliated faculty members from UCSD and other academic institutions play an active role in Center programs. There are more than twenty-five graduate and undergraduate students in residence, a number of postdoctoral researchers, several senior research associates, a technician, a librarian, and a small administrative and clerical staff. The industrial Sponsors provide advice and direction through an Advisory Council, which meets twice yearly at the Research Reviews. The faculty has developed their diverse research groups and has obtained funding from federal, state, and industrial sponsors. CMRR is an active member of the Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) and had been the recipient of several INSIC sub-contracts.
The CMRR program is a collaborative approach by an interdisciplinary group of researchers to develop significant advances in ultra-high density storage and ultra-high data rates, particularly for disk and tape recording systems. This research is conducted with state of the art equipment and facilities.