MIT SEMINAR SERIES IN MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIVITY
Place: Room 33-116 Time: 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MEMS Manufacturing has historically followed the 'Semiconductor Manufacturing Paradigm'. Specifically, we have used infrastructure and processes which were developed to manufacture integrated circuits. This paradigm has been successfully applied to a multitude of high volume 'MEMS-enabled' products such as accelerometers, pressure sensors, ink-jet printers, and digital light processors. None the less, this paradigm has also been proven to be a failure for certain products. In this talk, we will review the state of manufacturing in MEMS, and explore alternatives manufacturing methods which offer great promise. These manufacturing methods have the potential to transform how we think about manufacturing at the Micro and Nano level, and could lead to a micro/nano industrial revolution!
Martin A. Schmidt is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, having joined the faculty at MIT in 1988. He holds a BS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a SM and Ph.D. from MIT. He has conducted research in MEMS throughout his career, and has been active in the commercialization of MEMS-enabled products, having served as an advisor to industry for 20 years. He co-founded BioScale, Living Microsystems, and CellPoint Diagnostics; all venture-backed start-ups in the BioMEMS space. He was a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, several MIT departmental awards for teaching, and he holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark.