VALHALLA, N.Y., October 24, 2014 – Renowned engineer Ric Bradshaw, Ph.D has kicked off a tour of college campuses, speaking to students about data storage tape technology. Sponsored by FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., Dr. Bradshaw’s seminar, “Tape Technology, Its Place in Information Storage and Management Now and in the Future,” incorporates inside stories of tape technology’s importance for data protection and archival applications. He has been well-received by computer science and engineering students at the University of Alabama and the University of the Pacific.
Dr. Bradshaw has nearly 30 years of R&D experience with IBM Corporation and holds 16 U.S. patents. He is a leader in collaborative tape research efforts and has been involved with archival storage strategies and best practices since the early 1990s. He is a recognized expert in tape formulation design, tape and component characterization, failure analysis and life prediction, data recovery and tape manufacturing process design and control. Dr. Bradshaw was a primary member of the data recovery effort that salvaged crucial data from the space shuttle Challenger flight recorder tapes in 1986. Ric’s team successfully recovered the data from the flight recorder tapes which had been under 60 feet of sea water for 90 days and were badly damaged and corroded. He has worked on numerous data recovery efforts for government and commercial clients, including the data recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy’s extensive damage along the East Coast.
“My seminar addresses the role of tape in the information storage hierarchy. Fujifilm’s sponsorship of this campus tour is an incredibly unique and beneficial contribution to university computer science and engineering departments, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it,” said Dr. Bradshaw. “This seminar is an insider’s look at past, present and future technology enabling the viability and robustness of magnetic tape, especially in archives that now must remain readable for long periods of time. I look forward to visiting more campuses in the near future.”
“Archival storage with tape is becoming more condensed, and it is interesting to learn that what was stored on many disks can now be stored on just one tape, and that large volumes of information stored on hundreds of older tapes can now be stored on only one newer tape,” said Julio Hernandez, a University of the Pacific student who aspires to visit Mars on a future NASA mission.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor Ric on his road show to educate students about tape technology and the innovative nano-particle science behind it,” said Peter Faulhaber, president, FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc. “Students really enjoy learning about Ric’s incredible experience recovering data from the Challenger tapes, and about today’s advanced tape storage in general.”
Additional students in attendance at Dr. Bradshaw’s recent campus seminars gave the following feedback:
• “Magnetic tapes are more robust than we imagined.”
• “Never heard about data recovery from NASA tapes – really interesting and amazing that they could recover the data.”
Educators and students interested in having Dr. Ric Bradshaw as a guest lecturer can contact him at MagTapeTech@earthlink.net or (520) 886-5778.
For more information about Fujifilm’s data storage products, please go to: www.FujifilmUSA.com/storage.
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