Edward Grochowski is Program Manager of Storage Devices at IBM's Almaden Research Center. He began his career with IBM in New York helping to develop IBM's microelectronic silicon activity, and later joined the Storage Systems Division, San Jose, California, where he has held technical and management positions. His interests include disk drive component design as well as drive form factor development which have contributed to IBM's latest storage products. Dr. Grochowski holds nine patents. He has a Ph.D. from New York University (1971), held a position of Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University and was also associated with the University of Michigan Semiconductor Research Lab. Dr. Grochowski is a member of the board of directors for IDEMA, the International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association, and also participates in the technical Program committee for this organization. He is also a member of the IEEE.