WOW! MEMS Technology Summit

Having just completed a very busy two and half days at the MEMS Technology Summit at Stanford University, my lasting impression is “WOW”! The conference really did live up to their theme “Lessons from the Past and Vision for the Future”.

From the pre-conference tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Lab to the presentations by the best and brightest in the MEMS industry to the closing reception this evening, there was no end to information, interaction and networking, all of the highest quality. As part of the theme, the conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of NovaSensor. The three founders of NovaSensor (now part of GE) -Janusz Bryzek, Joseph Mallon, and Kurt Peterson – were the MCs and chaired many of the sessions providing in-depth and personal introductions to the presenters.

Since many of these companies took approximately twenty years from concept (PhD thesis) to volume production and required many millions of dollars along the way, the speakers highlighted many of the lessons learned along with some of the technical challenges. It will take me a few days to organize my notes due to the sheer volume of excellent material, but I’m happy to share these lessons and I will be posting these items over the next few weeks.

If you have a burning desire to hear about a particular presentation from the agenda first please let me know.

Thank you to the organizers of the conference, presenters, and all the wonderful attendees that I had the pleasure of meeting that made this conference such a success!

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