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IMAPS/ACerS 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on
Ceramic Interconnect and
Ceramic Microsystems Technologies

April 23-26, 2007
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Denver, Colorado USA

Keynote Presentations - Bios

General Co-Chairs:
Technical Program Co-Chairs:

Christian Hoffman

Kevin G. Ewsuk
Sandia National Laboratories

Andreas Roosen
University of Erlangen - Nuremberg

Michael Lanagan
Penn State University

The Development of Multi-Gigabit Radio Technology for Terabit Wireless Personal Area Networks

Dr. Joy Laskar, Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

This topic reviews the latest developments in low cost mmW radio technology for terabit wireless interconnects.  The seminar will review the development of the highest speed (higher than 10Gbs), robust (better than 20dB link margin with bit-error rates better than 10-12), agile (beam steering and shadowing resistant) and lowest cost wireless links.  The links are enabled by mmW radio technology which leverages CMOS integrated circuits and low-cost packaging technology.

Joy Laskar is currently the Joseph M. Pettit Professorship of Electronics at Georgia Tech, the Director of Georgia¹s Electronic Design Center, and heads a research group of 30 members with a focus on integration of high frequency mixed-signal electronics for next generation wireless and wired systems.  He has authored or co-authored more than 330 papers, several book chapters (including three textbooks in development), numerous invited talks and has more than 25 patents pending. Most recently his work has resulted in the formation of two companies: RF Solutions (now part of Anadigics) and Quellan.  He is an IEEE fellow.

Microsystems and Microfluidics:  Why not LTCC?

Dr. Amy J. Moll, Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Boise State University

Microsystem and microfluidic devices are starting to find their way into the marketplace.  Several different materials systems compete for use in these applications.  An examination of what technologies have come to market and the issues of the adoption of LTCC will be presented.  The audience will be asked to participate in describing the type of problems that universities could address to help resolve some of these issues.

Amy J. Moll is an Associate Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University.  She joined the faculty in August, 2000. Amy received a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1987.  Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1994.  Following graduate school, Amy worked for Hewlett Packard in San Jose, CA and in Colorado Springs, CO.   Along with Dr. Bill Knowlton, Amy founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program at BSU.  The new department was formed in July 2004 with a generous donation from the Micron Foundation and offers a Master of Science, a Master of Engineering, a Bachelor of Science and a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering.  Amy’s research interests include microelectronic packaging, particularly 3-D integration and ceramic MEMS devices.   Amy especially enjoys teaching the Introduction to Engineering and Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering courses as well as engineering outreach activities.

Piezoelectric MEMS for Molecular Medical Diagnostics

W. Rossner, M. Schreiter
Siemens AG, Corporate Technology

Within microsystem technology thin film based piezoelectric components offer a high potential for the realization of precise, efficient and integrated electro-mechanical actuator and sensor functions. Microphones, speakers, ultrasound transducers, drives, and others have been successfully demonstrated from the lab-scale up to industrial mass production like piezoelectric film bulk acoustic resonators for RF pass band filters as used in communication technologies. 

In recent years a new and highly challenging application was introduced by using piezoelectric based surface functionalized gravimetric micro-balances for selective and highly sensitive detection of specific chemical and biologic molecules. By thin film technologies completely integrable MEMS sensor arrays can be fabricated which are suitable for complex molecular medical diagnostics, e.g. DNA or protein sensing in the field of in-vitro diagnostics.

A review will be given on the latest developments considering the impact of materials and processing progress as well as device architecture on the performance of such piezoelectric based biosensors in detail.

Wolfgang Rossner, R&D manager at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany, is heading a group of 30 members with focus on high performance ceramics and functional devices including LTCC and piezoeletric thin films. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1980 and 1985. In 1984 he joined Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Development, and contributed to various fields, like ferro- and piezoelectric materials, ceramic scintillators and lighting phosphors as principal research scientist. He has more than 20 years experience in industrial materials R&D, holds several patents, has published more than 40 papers and is a member of American Ceramic Society.




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