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March 2002

Chuck Morehouse, Director of the Information Access Lab at HP Labs, has become the first non-European to chair the Industrial Advisory Panel for the Oxford University Materials Department -- one of the world's leading materials science programs.

The panel, which consists of about a dozen members from global manufacturing companies like Toppan (Japan), Unilever (UK and NV) and British Nuclear Fuels (UK), advises the Oxford Materials Department on everything from course content to business management and expansion.

key role

As chair, Morehouse will play a key role in bringing the skills of the advisory panel to bear in helping the department define its mission looking forward and develop plans to accomplish its goals.

"This appointment is a testament to the respect that Chuck has earned from Oxford University, and an honor for HP Labs," said Howard Taub, Director of the Printing and Imaging Technologies Center. "I am delighted that his contributions are being recognized and his skills being tapped to lead this important panel."

scientific breakthroughs

Morehouse began his relationship with Oxford's Materials Department ten years ago, while managing the Thin Film Department in HP Labs.

Over the years, the relationship has resulted in a number of scientific breakthroughs in the materials science field, as well as many important contributions to the programs in HP's personal storage program, particularly magnetic RAM (MRAM).

At HP Labs, Morehouse's group studies the science and technology of storage to create future data storage systems.

Since joining HP in 1979, Morehouse has worked on thin film magnetic storage media, machine vision, artificial intelligence and thin film magnetic recording heads. Recently, he led an effort to develop MRAM and high-density probe storage devices.

earlier work

Before HP, Morehouse worked at Varian, where he helped develop the first whole-body computer tomography (CT) scanner. He received his PhD in elementary particle physics at the University of California at Berkeley. After serving a post-doc at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchroton) in Hamburg, Germany, he returned to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where he had conducted his thesis experiment.

There, he joined the SPEAR I team investigating the intersecting storage ring. He was also a member of the team that discovered the J/Psi particle and the Tau lepton.



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