Liane Matthes


Liane is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. Liane's primary research interest is in the area of tribology (the study of wear, friction and lubrication) and controls applied to hard disk drives. Most of her Ph.D. work is experimental in nature and focuses on the interface between the recording head and the magnetic disk. Liane's overall research objective is to improve the reliability of hard drives and further reduce the head-disk spacing to achieve larger storage capacities.

In June 2012, Liane was awarded the outstanding teaching assistant award; one year later she was awarded the best paper award and a graduate student fellowship at the Information Storage and Processing Systems (ISPS) conference. In April 2014, she received the Katie Osterday Best Poster Award in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Liane will be completing her degree in 2015.


Past Education

Liane graduated from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2010. During her undergraduate studies, she emphasized in Electronic Devices and Micro Technology and Management. In September 2010, Liane joined Prof. Talke's lab at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) at UC San Diego as a visiting graduate student, supported by a one year fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).