John Mamin has been a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center since 1987. After receiving his B.S. in physics at Stanford University, he did his graduate and postdoctoral studies in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, working in superconductivity and the then-emerging field of scanning probe microscopy. His research interests at IBM have included magnetic force microscopy, probe-based data storage, micromechanics, and pushing the limits of force detection. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and co-recipient of the 2011 Günther Laukien Prize for work in nanoscale magnetic resonance.