Research Development Consultants
Specializing in Development and Introduction of Innovative and Disruptive Technologies

 
 
 

RESUME OF
 RONALD W. DENNISON
 4050 Soelro Court
San Jose, CA 95127
Telephone: 408 929-7023
FAX: 408 929-7025
Email: Ron@RonDennison.com

OBJECTIVES and STRENGTHS

I can help your business succeed as a senior technical contributor, consultant and analyst. At Quantum, TeraStor and MarQlin I led groups concerned exclusively with readying advanced technology for new products and product processes. At Toshiba and Maxtor, I determined product roadmaps and technical strategy, established projects to support them, then hired teams and led them to successful implementation.

The result is a solid record of accomplishments that comprise a number of very innovative and successful products and processes. These have included some of the industry's earliest MR heads and plated and sputtered thin film disks, Maxtor's first double capacity drive, Maxtor's first 3.5" drive, Toshiba's first 3.5" drive, Quantum's self-servo writing system, etc. The technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these and other products include a great many industry firsts.

CAPABILITES

Product Definition                           Product Development
Technical Problem Solving              Technical Strategy
Program and Project Leadership     Staffing
Finite Element Modeling                  Thin Film Processes
Disk Drive Heads and Media          Optical and Magnetic Media

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Mr. Dennison was a pioneer in hard disk drive technology. He founded one of the first thin film media companies, Eikon, and has designed media and engineered head/media solutions for Unisys, Maxtor (now Seagate), and Toshiba. He is currently a very active industry analyst specializing in media, head and servo technology and in the introduction of new technology. For the last three years he has worked with Cisco Systems as their primary expert for HDD (and some SSD) selection, design-in, qualification, test, validation, introduction to production, production, and field failure analysis. At Cisco, he has supported more than 20 independent business units sourcing more than 40 product lines using HDD’s and SSD’s.

He also serves as an expert witness in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems. Additionally, he co-organizes two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference (www.StorageVisions.com) and the Creative Storage Conference (www.CreativeStorage.org). He follows most of the major data storage manufacturers, their component and equipment suppliers. His website is www.ResearchDevelopmentConsultants.com or www.RonDennison.com .

He has extensive experience in the field of disk drives, including substantial contributions to a number of very innovative and successful products and processes. These have included some of the industry’s earliest magnetoresistive (“MR”) head drives, Maxtor’s first double-capacity drive, Maxtor’s first 3.5” drive, Toshiba’s first 3.5” drive, and Quantum’s self-servo writing system.  The technologies (heads, media, channel, servo and process) embodied in these and other products include a great many industry firsts. He is a founder of the storage industry trade association, IDEMA, a director emeritus and still active in it.

His background also comprises extensive thin film process experience including thin film disks (he co-founded a company to make these) and magnetoresistive heads. He has designed and built vacuum processing equipment (primarily sputtering systems with a specialty in RF diode and magnetron systems, although he also designed e-beam systems) for a number of companies including Perking Elmer, Hewlett Packard (now Agilent), Unisys, Eikon, and Vac-Tec. He designed Perkin-Elmer’s 1st magnetron source and has developed a number of unique thin film processes (including reactive ion deposition) which required the design, construction, optimization and introduction to production of specialized vacuum processing equipment. He is familiar with all aspects of thin film processing and process equipment.

He served as VP of Advanced Development and later VP of Engineering for MarQlin Corporation, Engineering Manager of the Advanced Test and Process Development at Quantum, Director of Enabling (Advanced) Technology for Maxtor, and Director of R&D for Toshiba America.

Mr. Dennison also has a small failure analysis laboratory that includes a variety of video and data storage testing equipment and protocols. He also has access to other laboratory facilities that include a broad array of failure analysis techniques including accelerated life testing; microanalysis including ESCA, Auger, SIMS, and X-ray; optical, scanning electron and scanning probe microscopy; thermal imaging and mapping, etc.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS, INC.
Principal Consultant and CTO              2004 to present
A high technology consulting company specializing in Development and Introduction of Innovative and Disruptive Technologies

  • Lead storage industry consulting and analysis activities
  • Lead thin film process and product consulting and analysis efforts
  • Serve as expert witness in the areas of thin film technology, disk drive technology, hard drive failure analysis, and optical drive systems
  • Co-organize two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories
  • Implement finite element and finite difference modeling for magnetics, physics

MARQLIN, SAN JOSE CA
Vice President Advanced Technology  1999 to 2004
A start-up microdrive (1" disk drive) company

  • Key team member that helped develop business plan and raise $14 Million
  • On design team for drive architecture, heads and media specifications and selection
  • Evaluated new technologies and intellectual property
  • Led thin film motor development effort overseeing:
    • o Business development including staffing, capital and expense
      o Thin film processing (lithography, sputtering, plating, etching, etc.)
      o Analysis and modeling of mechanics, magnetics, etc.
      o Assembly and test of prototypes

TERASTOR, SAN JOSE, CA.
Director, Advanced Technology       1998 to 1999
A startup company to combine optical recording and Winchester disk drive technology

  • Developed future product and technology roadmaps
  • Organized and implemented the new projects required using the portfolio concept
  • Led projects: system design, heads, media, advanced channels, optical and MEM's
  • Leader for head and media design and thin film process development

QUANTUM, MILPITAS, CA
Engineering Manager, Advanced Test and Process Development   1995 to 1998
Quantum before its merger into Maxtor was an industry leading disk drive company

  • Led development of advanced technology for disk drive manufacturing
  • Defined, implemented, staffed and led self-servo writing program for all products
  • Managed development of advanced tests, data systems, analytical techniques

MAXTOR, SAN JOSE, CA.
Director, Enabling (Advanced) Technology       1993 to 1994
An industry leading disk drive design, development and manufacturing company

  • Led a group that developed new technology required for future disk drives
  • Pioneered introduction of MR head technology into company product lines
  • Qualified advanced thin film media for new drive products
  • Led design group for Maxtor's first PRML channel

TOSHIBA AMERICA, SAN JOSE CA
Director of R&D, Director of Heads and Media Engineering              1990 to 1993
Toshiba America was a startup for USA-made high-end 3.5 inch Hard Disk Drives

  • Created advanced development group: determined projects, hired team, led  work
  • Planned all new product architectures including head/media/channel modeling
  • Created head/media group which delivered leading edge heads/media on schedule

MAXTOR , SAN JOSE  CA
Senior Staff Technology Manager 1987 to 1990
Maxtor was a leading supplier of high-end disk drives with numerous innovations

  • Led thin film media technology and strategy across all product lines
  • Led research and development of new head/media technologies and products
  • Led a small group working on contact recording

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Unisys, Westlake Village CA
Hewlett Packard, Santa Rosa CA
Perkin-Elmer Ultek, Palo Alto CA
Memorex, Santa Clara CA

  • Technical co-founder of two companies, raised over $34 M
  • Developed eleven new products and processes
  • Pioneered thin film techniques, products and equipment
  • Led organizations of 5 to 200+ people

INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Co-Founder IDEMA trade association for Disk Drive Industry and 10 year Board member. Chairing various committees
  • Co-Founder and Board member of Magnetic Disk Heritage Center, honoring storage history.
  • Board Member Southern California Chapter American Vacuum Society

EDUCATION/OTHER

M. S. Physics San Jose State University,  San Jose CA
B. S. Physics/Mathematics San Jose State University,  San Jose CA

Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List, Honor Roll
Who's Who in Technology, in America, in the World
Co-Founder IDEMA trade association for Disk Drive Industry and 10 year Board member. Chaired various committees
Senior Member, IEEE
Member, American Vacuum Society
Member, OSA (Optical Society of America)
Co-Founder and Past Board member, Magnetic Disk Heritage Center, honoring storage history.
Past Board Member, Southern California Chapter American Vacuum Society
Co-organizer of two major data storage industry conferences that cover the latest technology in magnetic, optical and flash memories. These are the Storage Visions Conference (StorageVisions.com) and the Creative Storage Conference (CreativeStorage.org ).
Created and taught the first KnowledgeTek Optical Storage Technology Course that pertained to DVD technology.
Served 1963-1967 in USAF Security Service to rank of sergeant. Held top secret cryptographic security clearance.
3000+ hour instrument rated pilot

 
     
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