MEMS and SYSTEMS in the Digital Future










Prof. Albert P. Pisano

Dean of Engineering

University of California San Diego





In this presentation, the speaker will share a vision about the next decade in which MEMS and systems will make possible a new SMART society. After a short introduction of the Jacobs School of Engineering, the speaker will offer a definition of “The Digital Decade” and describe the features of technology and industries in that coming decade. Finally, the speaker will give examples about how MEMS and systems will make possible a new SMART Society from the point of view of digital health, personal wellness and autonomous microtransit systems. These systems use MEMS to implement human health monitoring as well as fleets of short-range autonomous vehicles to create a future of enhanced mobility and health.




Albert (“Al”) P. Pisano was appointed as the Dean of Engineering at UC San Diego 1 September 2013. He held appointments at the University of California Berkeley for 30 years, serving in a number of leadership positions. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and to Fellow status in the ASME in 2004.


As the Dean of Engineering, he holds the Walter J. Zable Chair of Engineering, and is appointed as Distinguished Professor both in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 1997-1999, he served as Program Manager for MEMS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he expanded the research portfolio to 83 contracts awarded nationwide with a total MEMS research expenditure in excess of $168 million over 3 fiscal years. Having graduated nearly 70 Ph.D. students and 75 MS students, he is an author of over 400 journal papers and 36 patents. He is a 10-time entrepreneur and his research interests include MEMS for a wide variety of applications, including harsh environment sensors systems and wearable sensors.

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