David is pursuing his PhD in the Pister group at UC Berkeley. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 and spent several years in government and academic research, including positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, data fusion, MEMS design, and robotics. He is currently supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship.
Autonomous Microrobotic Systems [BPN735]
Recent advances in MEMS technology have enabled a new generation of microrobotic engineering applications. This project aims at developing novel micro-scale actuation and transduction mechanisms for mobility. A motivation behind this research is the development of truly mobile, high resolution, and autonomous sensor networks. One of the key elements towards autonomy is the fusion of these mobility mechanisms with energy harvesting capabilities, including high-voltage solar arrays fabricated via novel processes. In addition, ultra-low power control and communications platforms must be designed with the constraints of a microrobotic system in mind.