Jim Bain named ECE's new Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 28 February 2018

James Bain was recently named ECE's new Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2018. In his new role, Bain will extend his work with the Graduate Studies Committee to the entire student body and play a vital role in establishing ECE's long-term educational strategy.

James Bain has been at CMU since 1993, holding positions of postdoc and research faculty member before becoming a tenured professor of ECE in 2005. He received his B.S. (1988) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1993), also in Materials Science and Engineering, from Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is associate director of the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), a role in which he will continue to serve. Jim has had leadership roles in the last two departmental ABET accreditation processes and has recently led a major overhaul of the course 18-100: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Additionally, over the last four years, he has served as the graduate studies committee chair, and has focused on streamlining the qualifying exams and the graduate student petitioning process by empowering ECE staff. Jim has co-authored more than 230 papers in the field of magnetic, optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical devices and materials for information storage. He currently has active research programs in heat assisted magnetic recording, and resistive switches for memory and reconfigurable electronics. He is a senior member of the IEEE Magnetics, IEEE Electron Devices and IEEE Photonics Societies.