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Microfabrication Technology and Consultant for Electromechanical Device Design and Development

Technical Consultant #1661


  • Design and construction of specialized technical testing equipment and device such as: Light pipe couplers, capacitive biosensors, robotic flexural tester, polymer electrolyte battery cells, translation stage for laser annealing and helium leak detector.
  • Lead a five staff member optical waveguide fabrication group for a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics.
  • Obtained funding for, and directed scientific research in micro/nanotechnology and micro fabrication laboratory.
  • Devised reflective infrared spectroscopy methods for detecting asbestos in soil and air samples used to evaluate samples from New York City after the World Trade Center collapse.
  • Developed electro-immunoassays to detect bacteria.
  • Designed and fabricated novel biosensors based on impedance analysis for the detection of food-borne pathogens.
  • Produced compact instrumentation for the acquisition of magnetization curves.
  • Developed silicon CVD process to maximize magnetic properties of electrical steels.
  • Devised, built, and programmed robotics for physical testing of polymers and soil asbestos analysis.
  • Set up accelerated life-testing program and elucidated failure mechanisms of laser diodes.
  • Designed and fabricated unique dispersion-altered single mode optical waveguides.
  • Directed a nine staff member Special Projects Laboratory for one of the nations leading environmental testing firms.
  • Teaching and education in the field of microfabrication.


Independent Consultant, 2009 - Present

Undisclosed Firm, Philadelphia, PA, Senior Research Associate, 2007 - 2009

  • Responsible for management of a variety of military and civilian electronics programs, and director of the power packaging laboratory.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Microfabrication Laboratory, Manager, 2003 - 2007

  • Directed all laboratory activities, device development and fabrication and advising students and post docs.
  • Responsible for maintaining and installing equipment and developing and teaching microfabrication laboratory courses.

EMSL Analytical, Inc, Westmont, NJ, Director Special Projects, 2001 - 2003

  • Evaluated and brought advanced analytical capabilities into the organization and applied them to a diverse array of customer problems.
  • Developed a reflective IR spectroscopy method for asbestos analysis.

Molecular Circuitry, Inc., King of Prussia, PA, Senior Scientist, 1999 - 2001

  • Conducted biosensor research and development associated with the detection of food-borne pathogens, resulting in a two order of magnitude increase in electro-immunoassay sensitivity.

MTS Automation Performance Controls, Horsham, PA, Chief Scientist, 1997 - 1999

  • Managed laboratory and conducted research associated with a National Science Foundation grant to develop new compact high-power and energy efficient electric motors.

Rohm and Haas Co., Bristol, PA, 1988 - 1997

  • As Manager Physics Laboratory/Senior Scientist, provided technical support for physical, optical, electrical testing and analytical method development for the Polymer Physics Division.
  • As Senior Scientist, Microscopy Lab, supported company wide research and development efforts in polymer physics and chemistry. Served as Analytical Research coordinator for the Electronics Chemicals Group.

RCA/SRI David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, NJ, Member Technical Staff, 1985 - 1988

  • Developed and managed research programs elucidating failure mechanisms and leading to significant improvements in the reliability of AlGaAs laser diodes.

Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY, Project Manager/Senior Scientist, 1983 - 1985

  • Research leading to the development of novel dispersion-altered single mode optical fibers, and manager of the waveguide fabrication and consolidation group.

Equipment Designed and Constructed

  • Vertical elutriator for respirable particle analysis.
  • High accuracy large range tensile extension gages.
  • Novel multiple specimen holders for electron microscopes.
  • Bulk and scanning consolidation furnaces for waveguide blanks.
  • Computer automated chemical reaction kinetics measurement system.
  • High-speed tensile testing slack adapter and data acquisition system.
  • Automated polymer torsional tester.
  • Automated light pipe flexural tester.
  • E-beam deposition system with in-situ Auger spectrometer and low energy ion etching source.
  • Light pipe couplers.
  • Capacitive biosensors.
  • Robotic flexural tester.
  • Polymer electrolyte battery cells.
  • Four probe liquid impedance cells.
  • Translation stage for laser annealing.
  • Helium leak detector.

Honors & Publications

  • Authored diverse technical publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Authored publications for symposiums, conferences, and college text books.


  • Ph.D. Materials Science Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.S. Physics, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
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