Richard S. Muller received the degree of Mechanical Engineer (with highest honor) from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey in 1955. Supported by Howard Hughes and NSF Fellowships, he earned an MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Physics in 1962 at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. From 1955 to 1962 he was a member of the technical staff at the Hughes Aircraft Company, Culver City, California, and from 1957 to 1960, a lecturer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was also a lecturer at Caltech during 1961-62. In July, 1962 Dr. Muller joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. His initial research and teaching on the physics of integrated-circuit devices led to collaboration with Dr. Theodore I. Kamins of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in writing Device Electronics for Integrated Circuits, first published by John Wiley & Sons in 1977, with a 2nd edition in 1986, and a 3rd edition appearing in 2002. This textbook has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Russian, and both orthodox and simplified Chinese. Dr. Muller changed his research focus in the late 1970s to the general area now known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and he joined in 1986 with colleague Professor Richard M. White to found the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC), an NSF/Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

Professor Muller has been awarded: NATO and Fulbright Research Fellowships; an Alexander von Humboldt Senior-Scientist Award; the UC Berkeley Citation (1994); Stevens Institute of Technology Renaissance Award (1995); the Transducers Research Conference Career Achievement Award (1997), the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award (with Roger T. Howe, 1998) and an IEEE Millennium Medal (2000). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and has served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. In 1990, he proposed to IEEE and ASME the creation of a MEMS technical journal, which began publication in 1991 as the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (IEEE/ASME JMEMS). Professor Muller has served as the JMEMS Editor-in-Chief since 1998. He is also a Trustee of the Stevens Institute of Technology, a past member of the NRC National Materials Advisory Board, a Trustee (and Secretary) of the Transducer Research Foundation, and a member of the Technical Advisory Board for several companies doing business in MEMS. Dr. Muller is presently the review Chairman for Microsystem Technologies for the Helmholtz Association(an agency reporting to the government of Germany); in 2003, he served on a similar review committee for the Government of Finland. Professor Muller is the author or co-author of more than 300 research papers and technical presentations and of 19 issued patents. More than 3,150 citations to his published research have been recorded through May, 2009.

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