Spring 2013 IAB & Research Review - Director / Speaker Biographies
March 6 - 8, 2013

Invited Speakers

Janusz Bryzek, TSensors Summit
Dr. Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D. from Warsaw Technical University, Poland. He completed Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Janusz cofounded eight Silicon Valley MEMS companies: Sensym (now Honeywell), ICSensors (now Elmos/MSI), NovaSensor (now General Electric), Intelligent MicroSensor Technology (now Maxim), Transparent Networks (now Intel), LVSI (now Atmel), Jyve (now Fairchild Semiconductor), and Dr. strategic marketing consulting BN Ventures. Currently Bryzek is VP Development, MEMS and Sensor Solutions, at Fairchild Semiconductor, after acquisition of Jyve Inc. in November 2010, Some of his developments include multiple world’s first technologies: disposable blood pressure sensor, SenstableTM piezoresistor process, fusion bonded pressure sensors, DRIE based vertically integrated pressure sensors with AlGe wafer bond, single chip 1200 MEMS mirror array with integrated VLSI drivers and unique 6DOF inertial sensors. Bryzek has published over 200 papers, wrote sections of 4 books, chaired many international conferences and has 20 issued and many recently filed US patents. He was actively involved in standardization of Disposable Blood Pressure Transducers released by AAMI in 1984 and Smart Transducer Interface IEEE-1451 released as several sub-standards in the 1990s. In 1989 he was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arthur Young. In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine for the achievements in MEMS field. In 2003 he was awarded a lifetime Achievement Award by MANCEF.

See also: http://tsensorssummit.org



Matthew Chan, R&D Semiconductor Process Engineer, Keysight Technologies
Matthew Chan was born in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to Novato, California in the first grade and navigated his way through the public school system from elementary school to college. He received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in May 2007, November 2010, and December 2013 respectively.

Matthew was advised by Professor Albert Pisano and now works at Keysight Technologies as an R&D Semiconductor Process Engineer.

See also: http://www.keysight.com



E. Yegan Erdem, Assistant Professor, Bilkent University
Yegan Erdem received the B.Sc. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey in 2006. She received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2008. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

See also: http://me.bilkent.edu.tr


Kaigham (Ken) Gabriel, Corporate Vice President, Motorola Mobility
Kaigham (Ken) Gabriel is a corporate vice president at Motorola Mobility and Deputy of ATAP. Prior to joining MML, Ken was the Deputy Director of DARPA, the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities. Previously, he was founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Akustica, a semiconductor company commercializing Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors for consumer electronics products. He co-founded a MEMS Industry Group, has served in both government service and the private sector and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2003. Ken has a SM and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.


Kosuke Iwai
M.S. 2009 -The University of Tokyo (Mechano-Informatics)
B.S. 2007 -The University of Tokyo (Mechano-Informatics)


Rehan Kapadia, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Rehan received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 2008. After receiving his degree, he started at UC Berkeley and joined the Javey Research Group. He is currently exploring the potential of compound semiconductor-on-insulator (XOI) devices based on InAs as the active channel material through device fabrication, characterization and modeling.



Edward A. Lee, Professor and Chair, University of California, Berkeley
Edward A. Lee is the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor and former chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Department at U.C. Berkeley. His research interests focus on design, modeling, and simulation of embedded, real-time computational systems. He is a director of the Berkeley Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) and is the director of the Berkeley Ptolemy project. He is co-author of five books and numerous papers. He has led the development of several influential open-source software packages, notably Ptolemy and its various spin-offs. His bachelors degree is from Yale University (1979), his masters from MIT (1981), and his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley (1986). From 1979 to 1982 he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, in the Advanced Data Communications Laboratory. He is a co-founder of BDTI, Inc., where he is currently a Senior Technical Advisor and has consulted for a number of other companies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, and won the 1997 Frederick Emmons Terman Award for Engineering Education.

See also: http://ptolemy.eecs.berkeley.edu/~eal


Kevin Limkrailassiri
Kevin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in May 2008. He is currently a graduate student in the same department under the guidance of Professor Liwei Lin.



Yang Lin, Silicon Labs
received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2003 and 2005 respectively in Precision Instrument. He received another M.S. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Since 2007, he is a Ph.D student in Department Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, the University of California at Berkeley, working with Prof. Clark Nguyen. His Ph.D thesis mainly focuses on micromechanical resonant switches (dubbed "resoswitch"), and the applications of this novel type of MEMS switches such as DC-DC power converters and power amplifiers.

See also: http://www.silabs.com



Markus Lutz, Founder and Executive Vice President, SiTime Corporation
Initial inventor of InChipMEMS technology, which allows vacuum-sealed MEMS structures to be manufactured in ultra-pure wafer cavities with integrated CMOS and shipped in low-cost industry standard packages. SiTime used this key intellectual property to bring to market the lowest cost, high performance resonators and oscillators, which are 1/8th the size of leading-edge competitive timing devices. Mr. Lutz received his Diplom Ingenieur Elektrotechnik at the Technical University of Munich in 1992. He started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen Germany, where over four years he invented and managed the development of Bosch's first silicon based MEMS gyroscope, now a $200M/year business. In 1999 he joined the newly founded Research and Technology Center of Bosch in Palo Alto as MEMS Program Director. Together with Aaron Partridge (CSO) and Professor Tom Kenny's (Technical Advisory Board, Board Member) team he further developed InChipMEMS and wrote the first business plan for commercialization of InChipMEMS in the timing market. Mr. Lutz holds 80 patents and has authored or co-authored 16 publications.

See also: http://www.sitime.com/company/management-team



Albert P. Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
In his role as Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, Albert P. Pisano is responsible for strategic planning and programmatic development. His responsibilities include School-wide research initiatives, space plans, academic affairs, strategic planning and operations, and UC San Diego-wide cooperative initiatives.
As Dean of the Jacobs School, Pisano holds the Walter J. Zable Chair in Engineering. He is an active researcher who serves on the faculty of the departments of mechanical and aerospace engineering and electrical and computer engineering.
Prior to September 2013, Pisano served on the UC Berkeley faculty. The FANUC Endowed Chair of Mechanical Systems, he held faculty appointments in mechanical engineering and in electrical engineering and computer sciences. Pisano served as senior co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center), Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory (UC Berkeley’s largest organized research unit), and Faculty Head of the Program Office for Operational Excellence, among other leadership positions.
In 2001, Pisano was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the design, fabrication, commercialization, and educational aspects of MEMS. From 1997 to 1999, Pisano served as a program manager for the MEMS Program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and an awardee of the Thomas Egleston Medal forDistinguished Engineering Achievement by notable alumni of Columbia University.
Pisano earned his undergraduate (’76) and graduate degrees (’77, ’80, ’81) in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he held research positions with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Singer Sewing Machines Corporate R&D Center and General Motors Research Labs.

See also: http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/about/about_leadership/leadership_dean/pisano.sfe



John Stephen Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Founder, Alien Technology Corp.
Dr. Stephen Smith founded Alien Technology in December 1994 and served as the company's CEO until early 1997. He served as a director and consultant to the company through 2004 and recently returned to his position as chief technology officer. As CTO, Dr. Smith leads Alien's advanced engineering and R&D efforts.

Dr. Smith is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, currently on leave. He is the author of more than 85 refereed technical papers and holds 15 issued patents. A recognized pioneer in RFID technologies, Dr. Smith is the inventor of the patented Fluidic Self Assembly process that is the basis of Alien Technology's high volume tag manufacturing. He also invented the Q protocol and was the primary driver of many other technical innovations that rest at the core of EPC Global's Generation 2 UHF specification.

Dr. Smith was a Hertz fellow, and recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award. He received his PhD, MS and BS degrees, all in Applied Physics, from the California Institute of Technology.

See also: http://www.alientechnology.com



Xavier Vilajosana, Associate Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Xavier Vilajosana is an associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in the area of computer networks and distributed systems. He is also Chief Innovations Officer and Co-Founder of Worlsensing. In early 2009 Xavier presented his PhD in Computer Sciences and he is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. During the last years of research he acquired extensive experience in distributed systems, wireless ad hoc networks, delay-tolerant networks, and cloud computing. During 2008 he was a visiting researcher at France Telecom, Paris. Among others, today he is actively contributing to the IETF 6LowApp and DASH7 working groups and is a member of the editorial board of various prestigious journals and conferences. Xavier’s research interests include low-power communication protocols, routing, scheduling and optimization problems in distributed systems.

See also: http://www.uoc.edu/webs/xvilajosana/CA/curriculum/index.html



Mark Zdeblick, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
Prior to co-founding Proteus Digital Health, Mark Zdeblick served as the chief technology officer for the optical switch group at K2 Optronics. Dr. Zdeblick is also founder, director and past chief technical officer of Redwood Microsystems, developer of the world’s highest performance microfabricated valves and electro-fluidic integrated circuits. While working in Professor Calvin Quate’s engineering group at Stanford, Dr. Zdeblick co-invented the microfabricated cantilever beam with an atomically sharp tip that enabled atomic force microscopy. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering (Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma) and a B.A. in architecture, both from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Author of over 100 issued and 350 pending patents worldwide.

See also: http://www.proteusdigitalhealth.com


 
BSAC Directors
 
 

 
Bernhard E. Boser is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center and the UC Berkeley Swarm Lab. His current 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, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ (1988-1991) where he worked on adaptive systems, hardware implementations for neural network applications- including special purpose integrated circuits, and digital signal processors-and simulation of neural networks on parallel processors. He was Editor in Chief of 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 received a B.S. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1984 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University (1985/1988).
See also:  http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~boser

  

 
David A. Horsley is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies at the University of California, Davis and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.
Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, Professor Horsley held research and development positions at Dicon Fiberoptics, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, and Onix Microsystems. His research interests include microfabricated sensors and actuators with applications in optical MEMS, communication, displays, and physical and biological sensors.
Professor Horsley is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the UC Davis College of Engineering’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
Professor Horsley received B.S. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, in 1992, 1994, and 1998 respectively.
See also:  http://faculty.engineering.ucdavis.edu/horsley/

  

 
John M. Huggins Executive Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, UC Berkeley (since September 2002). MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1973); Stanford High Tech Executive Institute. Founder & CEO of TDK Systems Inc; VP, Advanced Development, Silicon Systems Inc; Telecom development manager, Intel Corporation. Guest Editor and Associate Editor, IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits; Technical Program Committee, International Solid State Circuits Conference 5 years. Chair, PCMCIA communications standards subcommittee. Five U.S. Patents. Research and professional interests: mixed signal CMOS integrated circuits, electronic communications, and telecommunications high tech business development.
See also:  http://www-bsac.eecs.berkeley.edu/project/list_projects_by_director.php?PersonID=1086

  

 
Ali Javey is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. 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 ACS Nano and the Bay Area PV Consortium (BAPVC) and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.

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 nanoelectronics, 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 a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 2005, and served as a Junior Fellow of Harvard Society of Fellows from 2005 to 2006.
See also:  http://nano.eecs.berkeley.edu

  

 
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. He was 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 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. in Biophysics and Ph.D. in Applied Science & Technology: Applied Physics (major) / Bioengineering (minor) from the University of California, Berkeley.
See also:  http://biopoems.berkeley.edu

  

 
Dorian Liepmann is a professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.
Professor Liepmann has been a faculty member for 21 years. He was Chair of the Dept. of Bioengineering from 2004 to 2010 and held the Lester John and Lynne Dewar Distinguished Professorship in Bioengineering from 2001 to 2005. His 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 University of California, Berkeley, Professor Liepmann had ten years of industrial research experience at the Jet Propulsion Labs and the Institute for Non-Linear Science at UC San Diego.
Professor Liepmann received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego in Applied Mechanics.
See also:  http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/people/cv?facultyid=3034; http://LiepmannLab.squarespace.com

  

 
Liwei Lin is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His research interests are in micro/nano electromechanical systems, including design, modeling and fabrication of micro/nano structures, micro/nano sensors and micro/nano actuators.
Professor Lin worked with BEI Electronics from 1993 to 1994 in research and development of microsensors. From 1994 to 1996 he was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University. From 1996 to 1999 he was an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department at the University of Michigan.
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 in establishing the MEMS division in ASME and is the founding Chairman of the Executive Committee and an ASME Fellow. He is a subject editor for IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, the North and South America Editor for Sensors and Actuators A Physical, and Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing. Furthermore, Professor Lin holds 15 US patents in the area of MEMS.
He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and 1993, respectively.
See also:  http://www.me.berkeley.edu/faculty/lin/index.html

  

 
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).

Prof. 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. Prof. Maboudian has coauthored over 250 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.

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.
See also:  https://sites.google.com/site/maboudiangroup

  

 
Michel M. Maharbiz is an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His current research interests include building micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms and exploring bio-derived fabrication methods.

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. From 2003 to 2007, he was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 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. Michel’s long term goal is to understand developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines.
Professor Maharbiz received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
See also:  http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~maharbiz

  

 
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.
See also:  http://bsac.eecs.berkeley.edu/~muller

  

 
Clark T.-C. Nguyen is a professor of Electrical Engineering and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His technical interests focus on microelectromechanical systems and include integrated vibrating micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, RF communication architectures and integrated circuit design and technology.
Previously, 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 received 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.
See also:  http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ctnguyen

  

 
Kristofer S.J. Pister is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and is a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. From 1992 to 1997 he was an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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. In addition to wireless sensor networks, his research interests include MEMS-based microrobotics and low-power circuit design.
Professor Pister received a B.A. degree in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego (1982), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (1989/1992).
See also:  http://wsn.eecs.berkeley.edu/index.php

  

 
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. Current research interests include wireless microsensors and energy scavenging devices for use in electric power systems and a portable particulate matter monitor for measuring concentrations of airborne aerosols and diesel exhaust particulates.
Professor White conducted microwave device research at General Electric before joining the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962.
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.
See also:  http://www-bsac.eecs.berkeley.edu/project/list_projects_by_director.php?PersonID=705

  

 
Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Co-director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab.
From 1988 to 1992, he 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. He has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 2004.
His research interests include MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), MOEMS, semiconductor optoelectronics, nanophotonics, and biophotonics. He 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 M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.
See also:  http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Faculty/Homepages/wu.html

BSAC Researcher Speakers
Plenary Speakers for the BSAC Research Review Session

Maysamreza Chamanzar, BSAC Postdoctoral Researcher
Maysam is a postdoctoral research associate working with Michel Maharbiz and Tim Blanche on developing next generation high density nano neural interfaces.

Maysam received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. His Ph.D. thesis was on developing novel hybrid plasmonic-photonic on-chip biochemical sensors. Maysam received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering majoring in Microsystems from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. He has also received a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in microwaves and optics from Sharif University in 2005. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from Tehran Polytechnique (AmirKabirUniversity). Maysam has published more than 25 Journal and conference papers. He is the recipient of the Sigma Xi best thesis award from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has received and has been nominated for a number of awards such as the SPIE research excellence award, GTRIC innovation award, OSA Emil Wolf best paper award, and Edison innovation award.

Maysam’s current active research is on the design and implementation of next generation optoelectrical integrated neural interfaces to explore and control the brain activity.

See also: /directory/zoom?PersonID=1347039845

Joseph Greenspun, BSAC Researcher
Completed B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, focusing in biomedical optics, in May of 2012. Started MS/PhD program in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley the following Fall with a concentration in MEMS under Kris Pister. Research efforts have been focused on a ring based wearable sensor mote (Ring GINA) capable of providing inertial data wirelessly to a host.

See also: /directory/zoom?PersonID=1350081063


Pramod Murali, BSAC Researcher
Pramod obtained his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Comm. Engg. from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal in 2009 and M.E degree in Microelectronic Systems from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2011. He worked as a Project Associate at the Centre for NanoScience and Engineering, Bangalore from 2011-2012. Currently he is a graduate student at U C Berkeley working with Prof. Bernhard Boser and Prof. Ali Niknejad.

See also: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~pramodm/


Sarah Nitzan, BSAC Researcher
Sarah studied General Engineering at Harvey Mudd College, and received her B.S. in 2010. She then studied with Professor Bahram Ravani at U.C. Davis, receiving her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012. She joined the MEMS lab at UC Davis in 2012, and is currently pursuing a Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering under Professor Horsley.

See also: http://mae.engr.ucdavis.edu/memslab/people/sarah.html

Tristan O. Rocheleau, BSAC Postdoctoral Researcher
I received my Bachelors of Science in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara with high honors in 2005. In 2011, I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University for work on cooling mesoscopic mechanical resonators towards their quantum ground state. Currently, I am working with Clark T.-C. Nguyen in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of California, Berkeley on a number of projects related to Radio-Frequency MicroElectroMechanical Systems (RF-MEMS).

See also: /directory/zoom?PersonID=1294266474