Dr. Lijie Guan currently is a Vice President at Western Digital Corporation. At current positon, he is responsible for WDC’s world-wide magnetic recording head design, process, testing and characterization. In his 15-years’ distinguished career in magnetic recording, Dr Guan had successfully led different teams at Headway Technologies (a TDK company), legacy-WD and legacy-HGST to become industry leaders of magnetic head technology each time. He has published more than twenty technical papers and holds more than fifty patents in the field of magnetic recording technology. He is deemed as one of the top experts in magnetic recording. Dr. Guan received B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon University.