MEMS Technologies for Communications
Clark T.-C. Nguyen is the Program Manager of the Micro Power Generation (MPG) and Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC) Programs in the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA. Dr. Nguyen received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is presently on Leave from an Associate Professor position in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1995 to 1997, he was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s New Millennium Integrated Product Development Team on Communications, which roadmapped future communications technologies for NASA use into the turn of the century.
During his period with the University of Michigan, his technical interests focused upon micro electromechanical systems and included integrated vibrating micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology. He has more than 72 publications and holds 12 patents on this subject matter. In his faculty position, Dr. Nguyen received the 1938E Award for Research and Teaching Excellence from the University of Michigan in 1998, an EECS Departmental Achievement Award in 1999, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2000, and the University of Michigan’s Henry Russell Award in 2001. Together with his students, he received the Roger A. Haken Best Student Paper Award at the 1998 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting for work on the first micromechanical mixler: a device capable of both low-loss mixing and filtering for communications in a single passive micromechanical structure.
In 2001, Dr. Nguyen founded Discera, Inc., a company aimed at commercializing communication products based upon MEMS technology, with an initial focus on the very vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research in past years. He served as Vice President and Acting Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Discera from 2001 to mid-2002.