received the Diploma degree (with excellence) in applied mechanics and control from Lomonosovs Moscow State University, Russia, in 1991, and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1997. He completed his postdoctoral study in 1999 at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC), University of California, Berkeley.
Andrei Shkel is a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VA he is serving in this capacity while on leave from his faculty position as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, Irvine, where he is also the Director of the UCI Microsystems Laboratory.
Dr. Shkel serves as a Program Manager for the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology-based programs which are a part of the Microsystems program investment. He is responsible for two thrust areas: Microtechnology for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (muPNT) and Microtechnology for Protection and Enhancement of Sensory Organs (muPESO).
Dr. Shkel is the holder of twelve U.S. and international patents (with 15 pending) on micromachined angle-measuring gyroscopes, wide-bandwidth rate gyroscopes, design and fabrication of light manipulators and tunable optical filters, and hybrid micromachining processes. His professional interests, which are reflected in more than 120 publications and two books, include solid-state sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical-system-based neuroprosthetics, sensor-based intelligence, and control theory.
Dr. Shkel is an Editor of the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. He served as a Guest Editor for two special issues of the IEEE Sensors Journal, the 2008-2009 Vice President of the IEEE Sensors Council, and the General Chair of the 2005 IEEE Sensors Conference.
Dr. Shkel is the recipient of the 2005 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2002 George E. Brown, Jr. Award, and the 2006 Research Award of the UCI School of Engineering.