Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
Asia Symposium & Research Review 2012
13-14 November
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Masayoshi Esashi is a Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tohoku University, and currently serves both as a principal investigator at the World Premier International Research Center – Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) ( and as the Director for the Micro System Integration Center (μSIC) at Tohoku University. In 2006, he received a Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor in the Japanese Government Decorations for his work in MEMS. The Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor is an award given to people who have made important contributions to academic fields, arts and technological development. He also received the SSDM Award in 2001 and the Japan IBM Science Prize in 1993.

Professor Esashi has served as President of Japan Society of Next Generation Sensor Technology since 2010, and previously served as Advisor for University-Industry Collaboration to the Sendai City Government (2004-2006), President of the Sensor & Micromachine Society of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in Japan (2002-2003), and Director of the Venture Business Laboratory in Tohoku University (1995-1998). He has played an active role in organizing technical conferences, by serving as General Co-chairman of the 4th IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Workshop in 1991 held in Nara, Japan; General Chairman of the 10th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators (Transducers 1999) held in Sendai, Japan; and Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE Sensors 2006 held in Daegu, Korea.

Professor Esashi received his B.E. degree in electronic engineering in 1971 and the Doctor of Engineering degree in 1976 from Tohoku University. He became Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tohoku University in 1981 and Professor in 1990. Professor Esashi is the co-inventor of more than 110 patents in MEMS and has authored or co-authored 12 books and nearly 380 archival publications. He is a founder to two start-up companies in the areas of MEMS manufacturing and micromachined medical devices.
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John M. Huggins Former 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.
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Liwei Lin is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the James Marshall Wells Academic Chair, 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.
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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.
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Albert P. Pisano 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.
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Miwako Waga Founder & Executive Partner, Susano Berkeley LLC (SBL)

Based in Tokyo, Susano Berkeley LLC (SBL) promotes research collaboration between UC Berkeley and Japanese industry. SBL provides a range of services to facilitate such collaboration, including business and technical consulting, reports on emerging technology trends, planning and organization of technical conferences, and logistical support. Ms. Waga has many years of global science & technology analysis experience and is well connected with Japanese industry, government, and academic sectors.

From 2002-2009, Ms. Waga served as Japan Managing Director of Global Emerging Technology Institute (GETI). Her role consisted of analyzing emerging technology trends and providing strategic advice to clients in the private and government sectors. Prior to joining GETI, she led from 1998 to 2001 a DARPA (US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) sponsored project to analyze MEMS R&D trends in Japan and Asia.

Ms. Waga was instrumental in initiating the International Workshop on Power MEMS, an international workshop series on micro and nanotechnology for power generation and energy conversion applications, and has served as an International Steering Committee member since 2002.

Ms. Waga supervised the Japanese edition of "Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation" (McGraw-Hill, 2004) edited by R. Burgelman, C. Christensen, and S. Wheelwright. She was a member of research team for the study of dynamically changing university-industry collaboration in Japan, which was sponsored by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), an independent administrative agency affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The findings of this joint research project were published in a Japanese book titled University-Industry Collaboration (San-Gaku Renkei in Japanese), ed. Yuko Harayama, Toyo Keizai Shimposha, 2003.

Ms. Waga holds the B.A. degree in International Relations from Tsuda College in Tokyo and the M.S. degree in Science & Technology Policy from the University of Sussex of the UK.
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