ECE's Weinstein to receive the inaugural Transducers Early Career Award
Dana Weinstein, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, associate director of operations at the Birck Nanotechnology Center and soon to be associate dean of graduate education in the College of Engineering at Purdue University will receive the Transducers Early Career Award at the 20th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, known as Transducers 2019.
In celebration of the 20th edition, the Transducers International Steering Committee is introducing the Transducers Early Career Award sponsored by CSEM SA. The award acknowledges and honors advances in the design, fabrication and/or commercialization of solid-state sensors, actuators and microsystems which are achieved by individuals or teams.
“Professor Weinstein has demonstrated strong research in hybrid MEMS-IC devices for wireless communications, clocking and sensing applications and her excellent support of the Transducers Community has shown her promise for a long, productive career in the field of MEMS and Transducers.”
Weinstein’s research focuses on how developments in MEMS fabrication technology over the past two decades have yielded new opportunities to design high quality factor (Q) micromechanical structures for ultra-low-power frequency-domain signal processing, sensing, and timing applications. The HybridMEMS Lab led by Prof. Weinstein invents new mechanical designs and efficient transducers to realize MEMS resonators with high frequency, low motional impedance, strong transducer coupling coefficients, low bias drift and wide programmable range. Furthermore, they investigate coupling mechanisms between resonators demonstrating channel-select filters and synchronized oscillator dynamics, and explore inter-domain coupling for MEMS-CMOS and MEMS-HEMT devices. Her research also considers the practical aspects of building these devices and systems into unreleased structures, eradicating the need for costly packaging, improving yield and robustness in harsh environments, and making MEMS resonators more accessible for a wide range of applications.
Weinstein says it is a great honor to be the first recipient of this award.
"The Transducers conference is at the heart of the MEMS field, and I look forward to many more years of productive and exciting engagement with this community," says Weinstein. "Thank you to the Transducers Awards Committee and to the Transducers Research Foundation.”
Transducers 2019 takes place June 23-27 in Berlin, Germany. It is organized jointly with EUROSENSORS. Together this event forms the world's premiere conference in Microsensors & Microactuators, integrated micro and nano systems and MEMS/NEMS attracting more than 1,000 attendees from academia, research institutions, government agencies and industries to exchange the latest advances in the field.