The Woodruff School's Annual Distinguished Lecture

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
Callaway Manufacturing Research Center Building, Auditorium, 813 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Albert P. Pisano

Professor and Dean Jacobs School of Engineering University of California, San Diego

Albert (“Al”) P. Pisano was appointed as the Dean of Engineering at UC San Diego in September 2013. He held appointments at the University of California at Berkeley for 30 years, serving in a number of leadership positions. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and to Fellow status in the ASME in 2004. As the Dean of Engineering, he holds the Walter J. Zable Chair of Engineering, and is appointed as Distinguished Professor both in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 1997-1999, he served as Program Manager for MEMS at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he expanded the research portfolio to 83 contracts awarded nationwide with a total MEMS research expenditure in excess of $168 million over three fiscal years. Having graduated nearly 70 Ph.D. students and 75 MS students, he is an author of over 400 journal papers and 36 patents. He is a 10-time entrepreneur and his research interests include MEMS for a wide variety of applications, including harsh environment sensors systems and wearable sensors.

AlTSensors Techology: Research, Incubation and Education

In this talk, information will be given about the efforts made by UC San Diego for the research, incubation and education in the new area of Trillion Sensors. Starting with a short description of the Jacobs School of Engineering, which is the largest school of Engineering in the State of California, Dr. Pisano will then discuss the global concept of “abundance” and how exponential growth in appropriate industries actually can be used to eliminate the gap between global supply and global demand of essential services and needs. One of these “exponential growth” industries is sensors, and there is an estimate that 45 trillion sensors will be built and networked in the next 20 years. Following this, a number of examples of candidates for “Trillion Sensors” will be described, including environmental monitoring, mobile health, precision drug delivery and implantable nanotechnology for the human body. For the concluding part of the talk, a novel nanoprinting technology will be described (advective or “dry” nanoprinting). This new kind of nanoprinting holds promise to deliver the high volumes of sensors needed for the Trillion Sensor universe.
Lunch served after lecture in GTMI Atrium