Private: “High Performance Microsystems Enabled by MEMS and Integrated Circuits”

Dr. Darrin Young

University of Utah ECE Department

When: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Where: Warnock 1250


Advancement in MEMS sensors, actuators, and low power integrated circuits has fueled recent rapid development in high performance microsystem technology providing autonomous sensing and communication capability. Ultra low system power dissipation allows batteryless microsystems to be realized with a small form factor and powered by ambient energy sources. Such microsystems are crucial for biomedical and industrial sensing applications, where size, weight, and limited access are critical design constraints. Optimized design in system, device, circuit, and packaging is highly important for achieving an overall high performance. In this seminar, I will present two microsystems design, enabled by MEMS and CMOS integrated circuit technologies, for biomedical and navigation applications with demonstrated superior performance.

Speaker Biography

Darrin J. Young received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California at Berkeley in 1991, 1993, and 1999, respectively. He pioneered the research work in MEMS-based, high-Q, tunable capacitors and on-chip 3-D coil inductors for low-phase noise RF voltage-controlled oscillator design for wireless communication applications. Between 1991 and 1993, he worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, where he designed a shared memory system for a DSP-based multiprocessor architecture. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked at Rockwell Semiconductor Systems in Newport Beach, California, where he designed silicon bipolar RF analog circuits for cellular telephony applications. During this time period he was also at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working on the design and fabrication of three-dimensional RF MEMS coil inductors for wireless communications. Dr. Young joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University in 1999 as an assistant professor. In 2009 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah as an USTAR associate professor. His research interests include micro-electro-mechanical systems design, fabrication, and integrated analog circuits design for wireless sensing, biomedical implant, communication, and general industrial applications. He has published many technical papers in journals and conferences, and served as a technical program committee member and session chair for a number of international conferences. Dr. Young was an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and currently serves as the chair of the IEEE Electron Devices Society MEMS Committee.