Frank Talke

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Emeritus

Research Focus
Medical device technology; mechanics and tribology of magnetic storage systems (disk and tape drives)

Research Summary

The focus of Professor Talke’s research is in the areas of medical device technology and information storage.  

In the area of medical device technology, Prof. Talke and his students are involved in developing an intraocular pressure sensor for implantation in the human eye, and the design of novel internet-enabled ophthalmic instrumentation.  In addition, research efforts on 3-d printed endoscopes, esophagus deflection devices, detachable bronchoscopes, and biofilm retardant catheters are under way.    

In the area of information storage, Prof. Talke and his students have been studying tribology and mechanics of hard disk drives, and more recently, the optimization of thermal flying height control sliders and heat assisted magnetic recording.

The research in Professor Talke’s group is interdisciplinary, combining mechanical engineering, physics, materials science and high precision instrumentation to advance information storage and biomedical device technology.

Frank Talke
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Dr. Talke began his career at the IBM Research and Development Laboratories in San Jose, California, in 1969. He joined the department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science at UC San Diego in 1986. Prof. Talke holds an endowed chair in the Center for Memory and Recording Research.

Dr. Talke received his Diplom-Ingenieur degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1965. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966 and 1968, respectively.  He holds an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.