RESEARCH REVIEW

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DISCOVERY. INVENTION. KNOWLEDGE. CAMARADERIE.

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SEPTEMBER 20 - 22

 
  INVITED SPEAKERS

Philippe Jansen
 
Philippe Jansen is Technical Manager for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Prior to this position, Dr. Jansen was Sr. Manager Nanotechnology and acting General Manager for Texas Instruments Kilby Labs, Silicon Valley. In this position he managed a team investigating new and disruptive applications of advanced semiconductor technology. Before joining Texas Instruments, he was General Manager for IMEC's Silicon Valley Business Development Office. Since 1998, he has been based in the US and managed semiconductor technology research and transfer projects with IMEC's US research partners. Dr. Jansen received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from K.U.Leuven Belgium in collaboration with IMEC in 1988 and 1993 respectively. He performed post-doctoral research at Hitachi's Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Jansen is currently Treasurer and past General Chair of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuit Conference. He was Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Electron Device Society Chapter and was Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley CMOS Memory Symposium and Photovoltaic Technology Symposium in collaboration with Applied Materials.
 
  BSAC RESEARCHER SPEAKERS

Daniel Contreras
 
Daniel Contreras Daniel completed his B.A. in physics at Pomona College in 2009. While in undergrad, he performed research working on an astronomical adaptive optics system, focusing on instrumentation. Currently he is pursuing a PhD at Berkeley focusing on MEMS, working under Kristofer Pister on a project involving microrobotics.

Steven DelaCruz
 
Steven DelaCruz Steven received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. He is currently a PhD student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department. He is working on microfabricated thermionic energy converters under Professor Roya Maboudian.

Hossain Mohammad Fahad
 
Hossain Mohammad Fahad Hossain received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from KAUST in 2014. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher leading the work on CS-FET gas sensors with Prof. Ali Javey. His expertise is in advanced CMOS technology and processing.

Kevin Han
 
Kevin Han Kevin is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Ming Wu. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a concentration in physics.

Emmeline Kao
 
Emmeline Kao Emmeline received her B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2012. She is currently a 5th year PhD student in Professor Liwei Lin's group. Her research interests include nanofabrication (specializing in atomic layer deposition and 2D materials) for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy storage.

Brian Kilberg
 
Brian Kilberg Brian completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. He currently is pursuing a PhD in Kristofer Pister's group and works on micro-robotics and integrated circuit design.

Travis Massey
 
Travis Massey Travis received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2008 with an emphasis in integrated circuits. He is currently working on a microfabricated high density carbon fiber neural recording array under Professors Michel Maharbiz and Kris Pister.

Hossein Najafiaghdam
 
Hossein Najafiaghdam Hossein completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology at Tehran, focusing on RF and communication circuits, in February of 2016. He started his MS/PhD program in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley in Fall 2016, with a focus on INC (Integrated circuits). His research currently includes developing an intraoperative imaging system for breast and prostate cancer tumor resection operations using up-converting nanoparticles and high speed CMOS imagers.

Alper Ozgurluk
 
Alper Ozgurluk Alper is currently working towards his PhD degree at University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Clark Nguyen. He received his B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2012.

Parsa Taheri-Tehrani
 
Parsa Taheri-Tehrani Parsa received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2010. He received a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University in 2012. He joined UCD MEMS Lab in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Horsley. He is currently pursuing his PhD at UC Davis.

Qi Wang
 
Qi Wang Qi is currently a Ph.D. student in Prof. David A. Horsley's group in University of California, Davis. He received his B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China in 2011, and M. E. degree in Nanomechanics from Tohoku University, Japan in 2013.
 
  BSAC CO-DIRECTORS

Bernhard E. Boser
Electrical Engineering
 
Bernhard E. Boser is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and a Co-Director of the UC Berkeley Swarm Lab. Professor Boser's research interests include analog and digital circuit design and micromechanical sensors and actuators. Prior to joining BSAC, Professor Boser conducted industrial research as Member of Technical Staff for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ (1988-1991) where he worked on adaptive systems, simulation of neural networks on parallel processors, and hardware implementations for neural network applications, including special purpose integrated circuits and digital signal processors. He was Editor in Chief for IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, from 2002-2004. Professor Boser has served on the program committees of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the Transducers Conference, and the VLSI Symposium. Professor Boser is the recipient of the 2016 Alexander Schwarzkopf Award for Technological Innovation and the 2016 Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper. Professor Boser received his B.S. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1984. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1985 and 1988 respectively.

Mike D. Cable
Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
 
Mike D. Cable has been the Executive Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) since January 2016. Prior to BSAC, Dr. Cable worked at a number of early-stage technology companies commercializing university-based research. These include CEO of Matrix Sensors (MEMS-based biological and environmental sensors), CTO of Xenogen (pre-clinical bioluminescent imaging), and high-level positions at Nanomix, Xradia, Fovi Optics, and Quantum Dot. He has also worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (laser fusion) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (physical biosciences). Dr. Cable received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley.

David A. Horsley
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
 
David A. Horsley is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, Vice Chair for Graduate Studies at the University of California, Davis, and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Horsley's research interests include micro-fabricated sensors and actuators with applications in optical MEMS, communication, displays, and physical and biological sensors. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, Professor Horsley held research and development positions at Dicon Fiberoptics, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, and Onix Microsystems. Professor Horsley is the recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, the UC Davis College of Engineering's Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the 2016 Alexander Schwarzkopf Award for Technological Innovation, and the 2016 Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper. Professor Horsley received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, 1994, and 1998 respectively.

Ali Javey
Electrical Engineering
 
Ali Javey is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. He is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he serves as the program leader of Electronic Materials (E-Mat). He is an associate editor of <i> ACS Nano</i> and the Bay Area PV Consortium (BAPVC). Professor Javey's research interests encompass the fields of chemistry, materials science and electrical engineering. His work focuses on the integration of nanoscale electronic materials for various technological applications, including novel nano-electronics, flexible circuits and sensors, and energy generation and harvesting. For his contributions to the field, he has received a number of awards, including the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (2011); IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award (2010); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2010); Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovators Award (2010); National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (2009); Technology Review TR35 (2009); NSF Early CAREER Award (2008); U.S. Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (2008). Professor Javey received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 2005, and served as a Junior Fellow of Harvard Society of Fellows from 2005 to 2006.

Luke P. Lee
Bioengineering
 
Luke P. Lee is the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and the Director of the Biomedical Institute of Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART). Professor Lee's current research interests are bionanoscience, nanomedicine for global healthcare and personalized medicine, and Bioinspired Photonics-Optofluidics-Electronics Technology and Science (BioPOETS) for green building with living skin. Prior to joining BSAC, Professor Lee was the Chair Professor in Systems Nanobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zurich) and has more than ten years of industrial experience in integrated optoelectronics, Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs), and biomagnetic assays. Professor Lee is a 2010 Ho-Am Laureate and has authored and co-authored over 250 papers on bionanophotonics, microfluidics, single cell biology, quantitative biomedicine, molecular diagnostics, optofluidics, BioMEMS, biosensors, SQUIDs, SERS, and nanogap junction biosensor for label-free biomolecule detection. Professor Lee received his B.A. degree in Biophysics and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Science & Technology: Applied Physics (major) / Bioengineering (minor) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dorian Liepmann
Bioengineering
 
Dorian Liepmann is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Liepmann's research interests include BioMEMS, Microfluid dynamics, experimental biofluid dynamics, hemodynamics associated with valvular heart disease, and other cardiac and arterial flows. Prior to joining the faculty at the UC Berkeley, Professor Liepmann had ten years of industrial research experience at the Jet Propulsion Labs and the Institute for Non-Linear Science at the University of California, San Diego. At UC Berkeley, he was Chair of the Department of Bioengineering from 2004 to 2010 and held the Lester John and Lynne Dewar Distinguished Professorship in Bioengineering from 2001 to 2005. Professor Liepmann received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of California, San Diego in 1990.

Liwei Lin
Mechanical Engineering
 
Liwei Lin is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Lin's research interests include design, modeling, and fabrication of micro/nano structures, sensors, actuators, and mechanical issues in micro/nano systems which includes heat transfer, solid/fluid mechanics, and dynamics. Professor Lin is the recipient of the 1998 NSF CAREER Award for research in MEMS Packaging and the 1999 ASME Journal of Heat Transfer best paper award for his work on micro scale bubble formation. He led the effort to establish the MEMS division in ASME and served as the founding Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2004-2005. He is an ASME Fellow and has 20 issued US patents in the area of MEMS. He was the general co-chair of the 24th international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems at Cancun, Mexico. Currently, he serves as a subject editor for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and the North and South America Editor of Sensors and Actuators -- A Physical. Professor Lin received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993.

Roya Maboudian
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 
Roya Maboudian is a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at UC Berkeley. She is currently serving as editor to the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS), as associate editor to IEEE/SPIE Journal on Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS (JM3), and as advisory board member to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (AMI). Professor Maboudian's research interest is in the surface/interface and materials science and engineering of micro/nanosystems, with applications in harsh-environment sensing, health and environmental monitoring, and energy technologies. Professor Maboudian has co-authored over 260 papers in peer-reviewed archival journals. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, NSF Young Investigator award, and the Beckman Young Investigator award. She is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. Prof. Maboudian received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Michel M. Maharbiz
Electrical Engineering
 
Michel M. Maharbiz is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Maharbiz's research interests include building micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms and exploring bio-deprived fabrication methods. Michel's long term goal is to understand developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Professor Maharbiz's work on microbioreactor systems under Professor Roger T. Howe (EECS) and Professor Jay D. Keasling (ChemE) led to the foundation of Microreactor Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Pall Corporation in 2009. He is the co-founder of Tweedle Technologies and served as Vice President of Product Development at Quswami, Inc. from July 2010 to June 2011. Professor Maharbiz was the recipient of a 2009 NSF Career Award for research into developing microfabricated interfaces for synthetic biology. In 2013, he received an Excellence in Engineering Education Award from National Instruments. He has been a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow. His group is also known for developing the world's first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles. This was named one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2009 by MIT's Technology Review (TR10) and was in Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions of 2009. Professor Maharbiz received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard S. Muller
Electrical Engineering
 
Richard S. Muller is a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Co-Founding Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1962 where his research focus was on the physics of integrated circuit devices. Together with Dr. T.I. Kamins of Hewlett-Packard Company, Professor Muller published Device Electronics for Integrated Circuits in 1977. In the late 1970s he began research in the area now known as MEMS, and with R.M. White founded the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center in 1986. He proposed and serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE JMEMS. A member of the US National Academy of Engineering and an IEEE Life Fellow, he received the career MEMS Award at TRANSDUCERS '97, as well as the IEEE Brunetti Award (1998 with R.T. Howe), a Fulbright Professorship, and a von Humboldt Research Award at TU Berlin in 1994. Other awards include the Berkeley Citation, the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the Renaissance Award from Stevens Institute of Technology. Professor Muller served as a Trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology from 1996 to 2005. In 2013, Professor Muller was a co-recipient of the IEEE/RSE/Wolfson, James Clerk Maxwell Award with Professor Richard White. Professor Muller earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Clark T.-C. Nguyen
Electrical Engineering
 
Clark T.-C. Nguyen is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Nguyen's research interests include integrated vibrating micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Professor Nguyen was a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and a DARPA Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). He managed many DARPA programs including Micro Power Generation (MPG), Chip-Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC), MEMS Exchange (MX), Harsh Environment Robust Micromechanical Technology (HERMiT), Micro Gas Analyzers (MGA), Radio Isotope Micropower Sources (RIMS), RF MEMS Improvement (RFMIP), Navigation-Grade Integrated Micro Gyroscope (NGIMG) and Micro Cryogenic Coolers (MCC). Professor Nguyen and his students have garnered numerous Best Paper Awards at prestigious conferences including the 1998 and 2003 IEEE International Electron Devices Meetings, the 2004 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, the 2004 DARPA Tech Conference, and the 2004 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. In 2001, Professor Nguyen founded Discera, Inc., a company established to commercialize communication products based upon MEMS technology, with an initial focus on the vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research in prior years. He served as Vice President and Acting Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Discera from 2001 to mid-2002. Professor Nguyen is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems Award. Professor Nguyen received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively.

Kristofer S.J. Pister
Electrical Engineering
 
Kristofer S.J. Pister is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Pister's research interests include wireless sensor networks, MEMS-based microrobotics, and low-power circuit design. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Professor Pister was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1992 to 1997. He created the term "Smart Dust" and pioneered the development of ubiquitous networks of communication sensors, a concept that has since become a vital sector of technology R&D. During 2003 and 2004 he was on industrial leave as CEO and then CTO of Dust Networks, a company that he co-founded to commercialize low-power wireless sensor networks. Professor Pister received his B.A. degree in Applied Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1982 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

Richard M. White
Electrical Engineering
 
Richard M. White is a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a Co-Founding Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor White's research interests include wireless microsensors, evergy scavenging devices for use in electric power systems, and aportable particulate matter monitor for measuring concentrations of airborne aerosols and diesel exhaust particulates. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Professor White conducted microwave device research at General Electric. Professor White also holds numerous U.S. patents and has co-authored texts and reference books on Solar Cells (1983), Acoustic Wave Sensors (1997), and Electronics (2001). In addition to the 2003 Rayleigh Award of the IEEE for seminal contributions to surface acoustic wave technology, Professor White is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is the recipient of many academic awards including the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award (1986), U.C. Berkeley Chancellor's Professorship, and the 2003 U.C. Berkeley Community Service citation award. In 2013, Professor White was a co-recipient of the IEEE/RSE/Wolfson, James Clerk Maxwell Award with Professor Richard Muller. Professor White received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in Applied Physics in 1956.

Ming C. Wu
Electrical Engineering
 
Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and the Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab. Professor's Wu research interests include MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), MOEMS, semiconductor optoelectronics, nanophotonics, and biophotonics. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Professor Wu was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1992 to 2004, he was a professor in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as Vice Chair for Industrial Affiliate Program and Director of Nano-electronics Research Facility. Professor Wu has published 8 book chapters, over 200 journal papers and 300 conference papers. He is the holder of 22 U.S. patents. Professor Wu is a Fellow of IEEE and was a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992-1997). He received the 2007 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award from Optical Society of America. Professor Wu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.