University of California, Berkeley
5133 Etcheverry Hall
Affiliated Faculty UC Berkeley
Paul Wright was appointed Acting Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute@CITRIS in July 2007. In December of 2008 he was formally made CITRIS Director. He is a professor in the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering department, where he holds the A. Martin Berlin Chair. Wright also serves as co-chair of the Management of Technology Program (a joint program with the Haas School of Business), co-director of the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute and co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center.
His research and teaching are in high-tech product design and rapid manufacturing. He and his colleagues are designing and prototyping battery-less wireless systems for demand response power management throughout California, funded by PIER (Public Interest Energy Research). These wireless prototypes are being created in the Ford Lab a 2,000 square foot design studio in the mechanical engineering department. Born in London England, he attended Birmingham and Cambridge Universities prior to previous U.S. faculty positions at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. He was elected in 2007 a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers.
Wrights recent research accomplishments are in Internet-based CAD/CAM Systems based on the CyberCut-CyberBuild project. The studio has prototyped energy-scavenging, pico-radio systems for the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, small mote platforms for the Intel Berkeley Research Lab., fire-rescue products for the Chicago Fire Department, and in-tire sensors for Pirelli. All these projects are under the CITRIS umbrella.