Richard New is currently Vice President of Research at Western Digital. Richard grew up in Cambridge, England, and Waterloo, Canada, and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Richard joined IBM Research in 1995 where he worked as a research staff member and manager in the areas of magnetic recording, signal processing and error correction. In 2007 Richard took on the role of Director of the Hitachi GST San Jose Research Center, working on advanced magnetic recording technologies such as heat-assisted magnetic recording, as well as advanced storage architecture concepts. In 2016 Richard became Vice President of Research at Western Digital, in charge of the Western Digital Research Lab, focusing on exploratory research and advanced technology development in emerging non-volatile memories, microprocessor architecture (RISC-V), storage and memory interface standards, advanced storage architecture concepts and prototyping, and open source software projects relating to storage and memory architecture. Richard currently resides in Palo Alto with his family, and enjoys working on robotics and go-carts with his kids.