Brendan Collins

Mike Cordano

President & Chief Operating Officer, Western Digital

Prior to taking on his current role as president and COO, Mike Cordano served as president of HGST, a Western Digital Corporation company. A 20-year veteran of the storage industry, Cordano previously was executive vice president of Sales and Marketing and president of Branded Business for HGST, where he led the external storage business in addition to the company's worldwide sales and marketing organizations.

Janet George

Janet George

Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital

Janet George is responsible for shaping, driving and implementing the big data platform, products and cognitive computing technologies. A technical leader with more than 15 years of experience in Big D, machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), neural networks, distributed computing and compliers, George builds global core competencies using ML, AI, pattern recognition, correlation and ranking engines, with semiconductor manufacturing data from the ground up.

Brendan Collins

Brendan Collins

VP HDD Product Marketing, Western Digital

With more than 20 years of technical and management experience in the disk drive industry, Collins ensures that the company’s hard disk drives are innovative, high quality and competitive while meeting a range of customer needs from enterprise to consumer electronics applications.

Dr.Jimmy Zhu

Dr.Jimmy Zhu

ABB Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

In addition to his work at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu is also the director of the Data Storage Systems Center, a world-leading research institution in HDD technology. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Magnetic Society Achievement Award, the highest award of the Magnetic Society.