R. Shivaraman, a student of SRM University, has developed an ultra high density hard drive that can store over 60 times more data than the best hard disks available today. And the reward for his research, apart from the patents he has filed and the papers he has published, is a $280,000 a year job as Associate Scientist in the United States.

He said he will be completing his Ph.D. by the end of the year and is headed to the United States to work on making his technology commercially viable.