Darrin J. Young

USTAR Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer ENGINEERING Department

University of Utah
Warnock Engineering Building, Room 2686
50 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9206

Phone: (801) 581-6512
Fax: (801) 581-5281

Email: darrin.young@utah.edu

Research Description

The Wireless Microsystem Laboratory, directed by Professor Darrin J. Young, focuses on developing the start-of-the-art sensors, actuators, interface and telemetry circuits, micro-power generation, and microsystem packaging technologies for wireless sensing, biomedical implant, RF communication, and industrial applications. Dr. Young currently advises research students on the following research projects, which are sponsored by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), and the Glennan Microsystem Initiative.

Research Topics

  1. Intelligent Sensor Network for In Vivo Real-Time Biological Dynamic System
  2. Minimally Invasive Wireless Blood Pressure Sensing for Small Animals
  3. Implantable MEMS-Based Wireless Motion (Activity) Detection for Small Animals
  4. Implantable Wireless Bio-Potential (EMG & EKG) Sensing for Human and Small Animals
  5. Totally Implantable Cochlear Prosthetic Microsystem
  6. Wireless Neural Interface Microsystem for Shaped Nerves
  7. Wireless High-Performance Strain Sensing Microsystem
  8. Harsh Environment (250 C-400 C) Pressure Sensing and Wireless Data Communication
  9. Micromachined 3C-SiC Capacitive Pressure Sensors for Harsh Environment (400 C) Applications
  10. Smart-Cut Single Crystal Silicon and 6H SiC MEMS Fabrication Technology
  11. 6H-SiC Strain Sensors Fabricated by Smart-Cut for Harsh Environment Sensing Applications
  12. High-Temperate Stable SiC-Based Reference Clock
  13. Monolithic CMOS 2-20 GHz Low Power and Low Phase Noise Voltage-Controlled Oscillators
  14. Micromachined Touch-Mode Tunable Capacitors for Wireless Communications
  15. RF MEMS GHz Low Phase Noise Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (Dr. Young's Ph.D. Thesis Work)
  16. Energy Efficient Wireless Interface for Biomedical Applications