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  Henry Barrow, BSAC Researcher
Henry Barrow received his B.S degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include RF MEMS Resonators and Filters.

See also: /directory/zoom.php?PersonID=1250714424

 

  Wilbur G. Catabay
Wilbur Catabay is a veteran of the semiconductor industry with more than 23 years of experience. Recently, Mr. Catabay was President of Silicon Integrated Solutions, Inc., providing Engineering Services for Device and Process Integration. He also was Senior Director for LSI Logic's Foundry Engineering & Integration organization and Director of the Advanced Process Module Development in the R&&D organization. He was responsible for evaluating and developing advanced material research for CMOS transistors and advanced metal interconnect technology. Mr. Catabay also worked with design and manufacturing organizations as the focal point for implementation of new process module technology from 130 nm to 65 nm CMOS technology nodes. In 1991, he was an assignee of the technical staff at SEMATECH.

Mr. Catabay has submitted more than 100 invention disclosures and has been awarded more than 55 patents with more than 26 patents pending during his tenure with LSI Logic. He has published more than 30 technical articles in professional journals and presented at various technical conferences. In addition, he was the Patent Liaison and Inventor of the year at LSI Logic. He has a BS degree in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University with a minor in Business Management. During his spare time, Wilbur enjoys spending time with his family, including fishing and photographing nature.

 

  Michael Demko
Michael Demko received his B.S and M.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include MEMS applications of nanotechnology.

 

  Tim Denison, Director of Neural Engineering, Medtronic, Inc.
Tim Denison received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago. He is currently the Director of Neural Engineering for the Neuromodulation Technology group of Medtronic. Tim specializes in neural engineering systems, particularly sensors, interface electronics, and control systems for neurostimulators and pumps. Prior to joining Medtronic, he worked as a Senior Design Engineer with the Micromachined Products Division at Analog Devices. Tim is on the program committee for the ISSCC (Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays) and is a frequent guest lecturer on neural engineering circuit designs and applications.

 

  Frederick Doering
Frederick attended Case Western Reserve University from 2005 to 2009 earning 3 bachelor of science degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

He started research at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at UCB working under Prof. Richard White and Prof. Paul Wright in 2009, and earned his Masters of Science Degree in mechanical engineering in 2012.

 


 
 Jalinous (Jay) Esfandyari, MEMS Product Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics
Jay Esfandyari has more than 20 years of industry experience in Semiconductor Technology, Integrated Circuits Fabrication Processes, MEMS development and fabrication, and strategic MEMS market and business development.
In the capacity of MEMS Product Marketing Manager at STMicroelectronics, Jay Esfandyari has developed new markets for MEMS products and achieved multi-million dollar business opportunities.
In his previous roles, Jay worked closely with customers to develop custom MEMS products, developed models to describe the physics of defect generation in silicon wafer during device fabrication processes, created solutions to perform analysis and computer simulation to improve the quality of silicon wafers.
Jay Esfandyari holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Vienna, Austria.

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

 


 
 Alissa M. Fitzgerald, Founder and Managing Member, President, A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates
Dr. Fitzgerald has over 15 years of hands-on engineering experience in MEMS design, fabrication and product development. She has developed over a dozen distinct MEMS devices, such as piezoresistive cantilevers, ultrasound transducers, and infrared imagers. She advises clients on the entire technology development cycle, from business and IP strategy, to initial design and prototyping, all the way through to foundry transfer. She is a recognized expert on reliability of brittle materials and is active in the development of a proprietary MEMS fracture prediction tool.
She has previously been employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sigpro, and Sensant Corporation (acquired by Siemens). Dr. Fitzgerald received her bachelor and master degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate from Stanford University, all in the discipline of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Fitzgerald has numerous journal publications, holds four patents, and is a frequent lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and local professional group meetings. Dr. Fitzgerald serves on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group.

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

 

  Simone Gambini, Postdoctoral Researcher
Simone received the B.S. from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa (cum Lauda) in 2004, and the Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2009, all in Electrical Engineering. During his Ph.D. research, he developed system and circuit architectures for ultra-low-power, short-range radio systems and low-energy neural implants. In 2010, he was a senior RF design engineer with Telegent Systems, a fabless semiconductor start-up developing mobile TV tuners. In 2011, he returned to Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher in bio-medical systems and circuits, working for Prof. Bernhard Boser. He's interested in sensor interfaces, MEMS, low-energy electronics and emerging technologies.

 


 
 Karen Grutter
Karen is a fifth-year graduate student in Professor Ming Wu's group. She joined the group when she came to UC Berkeley in 2008, after graduating from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in engineering physics. In addition, she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

See also: http://nanophotonics.eecs.berkeley.edu/

 


 
 Amol Jadhav, Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of Hong Kong
Amol Jadhav did my undergraduation B.E. (Chemical Eng) from India followed by M. S. (Biomedical Nanotechnology) at Newcastle Medical School, UK and Ph.D. (Mechanical Eng) degree at Newcastle University and INSAT, UK. He has worked at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune India on Nanomaterials Chemistry projects and also at University College London, UK on microBioprocessing /Synthetic Biology projects. Currently he is a researcher at Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center primarily working in the area of bioMEMS/Neuroengineering. His research interests include bioMEMS, Neuroengineering, Brain Machine Interfaces and Bio-Nanotechnology.

See also: http://www.mibioeng.net/index_files/Page1207.htm

 


 
 Michael Judy, MEMS Advanced Development Director, Analog Devices, Inc.
Michael Judy received a B.S. degree from MIT in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994. In his doctoral research, he was the first to demonstrate polysilicon sidewall beams as structural elements in microresonators and microactuators. In 1993 he joined Analog Devices where he has participated in all aspects of MEMS processing, design and manufacturing. In 2003 he was promoted to an ADI Fellow. Currently, he is the MEMS Advanced Development Director for the MEMS & Sensors Group. He and his group have developed many different MEMS devices including accelerometers, gyros, optical switches, microphones, pressure sensors and microresonators. He has over 20 U.S. patents pending or awarded.

See also: http://www.analog.com/imems

 


 
 Branko Kerkez, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
My research focuses on intelligent infrastructure, and water resources. More specifically, I am interested in the deployment of large-scale wireless sensor networks, and the applications of control and machine learning theory to civil infrastructure problems.

See also: http://www.cee.umich.edu/people/faculty/Branko+Kerkez,+Ph.D.

 


 
 Jim Knutti, President/CEO, Acuity, Inc.
Dr. Jim Knutti is co-founder and President/CEO of Acuity Incorporated, a fabless supplier of MEMS based precision low-pressure sensors. Acuity uses the latest MEMS technology to overcome stability, reliability and performance limits of previous sensor components. These next generation sensors satisfy the need for tighter performance in existing markets and provide the basis for new components, system level products, and markets.

He was previously co-founder and President/CEO of Silicon Microstructures, Inc. (SMI) for 15 years, growing the company from a start-up to a major MEMS product supplier. SMI developed several unique markets including medical and industrial parts based on industry-leading precision low-pressure sensors, ultra-small die for tire pressure and consumer markets, co-integrated pressure sensors and high-volume SOIC packages.

Prior to that, he was co-founder and President of Transensory Devices, which merged to become IC Sensors. In the 1980’s, IC Sensors was a pioneering company in commercializing MEMS devices. As President he lead the company to develop several early MEMS markets and products, including initial disposable blood pressure sensors, high-volume pressure sensors and the first high-volume accelerometer suitable for air-bags (including self testing), and prototypes of several key MEMS structures, including optical mirrors, micro-valves and fluidics, precision accelerometers, micro-relays, micro-switches, and biochemical structures.

Dr. Knutti received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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

 


 
 Amit Lal, Associate Professor, Cornell University
obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now an associate professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds 17 patents and has published >145 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. Most recently, he served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and with his students several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.

In addition to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Lal is a field member of Biomedical Engineering, and Applied Engineering Physics.

See also: http://www.ece.cornell.edu/peo-detail.cfm?NetID=al274

 


 
 Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in 2007 and promoted to Executive Director in 2013. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. Karen plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming. She is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.
Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.
Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is a board member and chair of the Board Development Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh and in 2012 received the NCJW National Award for Emerging Leaders. Karen is secretary for her UVM alumni class; mentor at UVM’s Honors College; and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

See also: http://www.memsindustrygroup.org/

 

  Armon Mahajerin
I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received an M.S. in Mech Eng from UC Berkeley in 2008. I am currently is working on my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley with Liwei Lin and expect to graduate in 2011. Research skills/background include microfabrication and characterization, thermal sciences, and bioengineering. I am interested in postdoctoral positions and industry jobs (semiconductor, alternative energy) after finishing the Ph.D.

 


 
 Frank Myers, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
I grew up in eastern North Carolina and started playing with electronics and computers as a kid. At NC State University, I majored in Electrical and Comptuer Engineering and worked on autonomous robotic submarines and neural implants. I decided that biotech was where it's at and no other field offered quite the same degree of free-range creativity, so I came to Berkeley for graduate studies in Bioengineering, focusing specifically on microsystem development for cell biology.

See also: http://biopoems.berkeley.edu/fbmyers

 

  Rick Oden, Distinguished Member Technical Staff (DMTS), Texas Instruments
Dr. Patrick (Rick) Oden received his B.S. in Physics from Montana State University in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Arizona State University in 1993. He joined the Technology Development Modeling & Design Group of DLP Products at Texas Instruments in 2001, where he is currently employed as a Distinguished Member Technical Staff (DMTS). Dr. Oden manages the Component Architecture Team in our Technology Development organization and is responsible for developing new modeling, design and characterization tools used for the fundamental understanding and advancement of TI’s DMD microchip, a MEMS array of fast, reflective, digital light switches integrated on a CMOS substrate. The DMD is at the heart of TI’s DLP TV and DLP projector technology, manufactured by leading OEMs around the world. To date, more than twenty eight million DLP subsystems have been shipped. More recently, he has been involved with visionary technology development applications of TI’s MEMS-based technology and business opportunities these present to the organization.
Dr. Oden joined Texas Instruments in 1999, working in TI’s DMOS4 wafer fab developing DMD technology. He introduced the first AFM used in a manufacturing facility at TI. Prior to joining TI, he was a Staff Scientist and Alexander Hollaender Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Physics - University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In these positions he worked on MEMS R&D as applied to scanning probe microscopy and novel MEMS sensor development. Before this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Universität Berne, Switzerland performing surface science studies with electrochemical scanning probe microscopy. He holds over a dozen U.S. patents on DMD and other MEMS technology & has several patents pending. Included in this issued list are a group of patents covering the pixel design/architecture used in all DMD material produced today. He has forty-four peer reviewed publications in twenty-four different journals as well as 3 book chapter contributions, and has delivered over twenty invited talks on MEMS, metrology and sensors. He has received two "R&D 100" awards from Research and Development Magazine for MEMS based sensor systems for Mercury Sensor and a Non-contact Micromechanical Thermometer.

 


 
 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

 


 
 Dennis L. Polla, Program Manager, The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
spent 2003 to 2011 as a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office and the Director of the Safe and Secure Operations Office - IARPA supporting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and physics, and M.S. and E.E. degrees in electrical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering under Prof. Richard S. Muller and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held faculty positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, and the University of Minnesota. Since joining Minnesota in 1987, he has held joint academic appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Department of Biomedical Engineering as the Earl E. Bakken Endowed Chair, and most recently as the W.R. Sweatt Chair in the Management of Technology. He has held a variety of administrative positions, including Director of the Microtechnology Laboratory, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Institute, and founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His current research interests are in nanobiotechnology, nanostructures, and MEMS. Dr. Polla is a former Presidential Young Investigator and a recipient of the W. M. Keck Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Dr. Polla served as President and CEO of SurroMed Pte Ltd., Singapore; Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology -Nanotechnology Laboratory, Singapore; and Faculty Scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

See also: http://www.iarpa.gov/index.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.php?PersonID=1294266474

 


 
 Shankar Sastry, Dean, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
is an internationally recognized expert on embedded and autonomous software, who has an exceptional background in technology research, spearheading projects to improve the nation's cyber security and network infrastructure, as well as delving into robotics and hybrid and embedded systems. Professor Sastry earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from Berkeley in 1981. Since joining the faculty in 1983, he has demonstrated a level of energy, determination and commitment that would be exceedingly difficult to surpass. One of Berkeley’s most distinguished professors, he has held directorships of the Information Technology Office at DARPA and the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley. He served as chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at Berkeley from 2001 to 2004 and since 2006 has led the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
His numerous honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council. He also received the President of India Gold Medal, the IBM Faculty Development Award, an honorary degree from Harvard and the distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology in 1999. Professor Sastry began his tenure as dean on July 1, 2007.

See also: http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~sastry

 


 
 Stefon Shelton, Acoustic Design & Testing Lead, Chirp Microsystems
Stefon Shelton received his B.S. in Optical Science and Engineering from U.C. Davis in 2004. He is currently a Ph.D. student working in Prof. David Horsley's research group at U.C. Davis. Current research topics include Piezoelectric MEMS transducers with a focus on Aluminum Nitride devices.

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

 


 
 Cheng-chung Shih, CEO & President, Capella Microsystems, Inc.
Capella Microsystems, which went public in 2010, is a fabless analog IC design company specializing in fully-integrated optical electronic IC for highly-portable optical storage, communication, and consumer devices. Capella is a pioneer in precision CMOS Multiple Colors Sensor and Proximity and Ambient Light Sensors for portable applications.
Dr. Shih was the founder and CEO of Allayer Communications, which was founded in 1997 to deliver high-bandwidth network silicon solutions to enable All Layers of Communications. Allayer merged with Broadcom in 2000 for a market value of 300 million dollars. At Broadcom, Cheng-chung was the Managing Director of Broadcom Asia Design Centers. Before Allayer, he worked at Allied Telesyn, LevelOne Communications and Rockwell Semiconductor. He was also the chairman of Global Monte Jade Assoiciation and chairman of Monte Jade West. Dr. Shih holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Communications Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, from which he received the Outstanding Alumni Award. He is an expert in CMOS and mixed-signal digital/analog ASIC design, as well as communication standards and systems. He holds many optical electronic communications technology patents.

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

 

  Toshitake Takahashi, Associate, Boston Consulting Group
Toshitake Takahashi received his B.S and M.S degrees in Materials Engineering from Keio University and the University of Tokyo, respectively. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include flexible electonics using nanomaterials.

 

  Richard Tsina, NSF Evaluator, National Science Foundation
Richard Tsina, is retired Chair of Continuing Education in Engineering, and former Assistant Dean for Professional Studies at University of California Extension, Berkeley. Among his achievements at Berkeley were development of the South Bay Program in Silicon Valley, the Berkeley Summer Engineering Institute, the Oxford-Berkeley Summer Engineering Program and the 1993 Technology Summit in cooperation with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and with the Clinton Administration. Dr. Tsina has received numerous awards including the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000) and the IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1995). His graduate degrees (Tufts, Duke) are in physical chemistry. Beginning in 2005 Dr. Tsina served as the National Science Foundation Evaluator for BSAC and also for Center for the Built Environment (CEB).

 


 
 Vijay Ullal, President & COO, Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
As Group President, Vijay Ullal is responsible for the definition, development, manufacturing, and marketing of products for the Handheld Consumer Division which consists of four of the Company's business units.

Mr. Ullal has been with Maxim since 1989 and became Group President in 2007. He has overseen the development of more than 80% of the Company's process technologies, and orchestrated the purchase and ramp-up of five wafer fabs. He holds several patents in mixed-signal process technology. His contributions have resulted in a rich portfolio of process technologies at very competitive costs and with a high degree of operational flexibility.

Since 2007, Mr. Ullal has played a key role in changing Maxim's organization, corporate strategies, and business processes to match the dynamic and demanding consumer market. In partnership with the sales organization, he established close relationships with top consumer companies around the world. He accelerated the development and acquisition of new product lines, and championed the use of innovative design tools, process and packaging technologies, and test methodologies. Mr. Ullal also initiated significant changes to the supply chain that established a culture of excellent customer service and satisfaction. These many changes have resulted in strong growth for the consumer product portfolio and revenue for the company.

Mr. Ullal is a founder of the Bay Area IITM alumni association. He has been active in charitable works for women in India. He holds a BSChemE degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, and an MSChemE degree from Drexel University.

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

 


 
 Sarah Wodin-Schwartz, Exponent
Sarah Wodin-Schwartz is a fifth year Ph.D. graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley studying MEMS design with Professor Albert P. Pisano. She received the Chancellors Fellowship her first two years in her graduate study and the Jane Lewis Fellowship in her fourth year. She graduated with her B.S. in general engineering from Smith College in 2007. Her interests include MEMS sensors for geothermal/harsh environment applications. She is currently a member of the Berkeley Mechanical Analysis and Design lab, a part of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and is designing and testing MEMS for down-hole geothermal well monitoring.

See also: http://www.exponent.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 the University of California, 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:  http://cheme.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/maboudian
 


 
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
 

 


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