Dr. Kensall Wise

William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan

Kensall Wise
Microelectronics has transformed computing and communications. Now microsystems, integrating micropower circuits with wireless interfaces and sensors, are creating an even more exciting revolution, tackling problems in healthcare, security, and the environment that will shape the 21st century.
An Indiana native, Ken Wise received his BSEE with highest distinction from Purdue (1963) and his MSEE (1964) and PhD (1969) from Stanford. In 1974 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was named the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor in 2002, and where he now directs the Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems. Before joining the faculty at Michigan, he worked as a research associate and lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford. From 1963 to 1965 and from 1972 to 1974, he served as a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wise is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He organized and served as the first chairman of the Technical Subcommittee on Solid-State Sensors of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) and in 1986 was an EDS national lecturer. He was general chairman of the 1984 IEEE Solid-State Sensor Conference and served as the technical program chairman (1985) and general chairman (1997) of the IEEE International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators.