Albert (Al) P. Pisano holds the FANUC Chair of Mechanical Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a joint appointment to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He serves as the senior co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC), the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) running continuously since 1986. Professor Pisano’s research interests in recent times are 1) MEMS wireless sensors for harsh environments (600°C) such as gas turbines and geothermal wells, as well as 2) new, additive, MEMS manufacturing techniques such as low-temperature, low-pressure nano-printing of nanoparticle inks and polymer solutions. Other research interests and activities at UC Berkeley include MEMS for a wide variety of applications, including RF components, power generation, drug delivery, strain sensors, biosensors, micro inertial instruments, disk-drive actuators and nanowire sensors. He is the co-inventor listed on more than 20 patents in MEMS and has co-authored more than 300 archival publications. Since 1983, he has graduated over 40 Ph.D. and 75 MS students. Also, he has hosted 4 visiting industrial fellows in his lab since 2005. Professor Pisano was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he was elected to Fellow status in 2004. In 2009, he was awarded the Columbia University Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement by notable alumni of Columbia University. Professor Pisano recently served as the Faculty Head of the Program Office for Operational Excellence at UC Berkley. Before this position, he served as the Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, and was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2004 to 2010. Prior to serving as Department Chair, he served as Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory, the largest organized research unit on the UC Berkeley campus with over $73 million in research funds each year. Professor Pisano joined the University of California in 1983. He received his B.S. (1976), M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he held research positions with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Singer Sewing Machines Corporate R&D Center and General Motors Research Labs. From 1997 to 1999, he served as Program Manager for the MEMS Program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA, where he expanded the MEMS research portfolio to 83 contracts awarded nationwide with a total MEMS research expenditure in excess of $168 million distributed over 3 fiscal years. He is a founder in nine start-up companies in the areas of transdermal drug delivery, transvascular drug delivery, sensorized catheters, MEMS manufacturing equipment, MEMS RF devices and MEMS motion sensors. In 2008, he was named one of the 100 Notable People by the Medical Devices and Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI) Magazine.
- C. Lin, Y. Chen, V. Felmetsger, D. Senesky, and A. Pisano, "AlN/3C-SiC composite plate enabling high-frequency and high-Q micromechanical resonators," Adv. Mater., vol. 24, no. 20, pp. 2722-2727, May 2012.
- C. Lin, Y. Lai, J. Hsu, Y. Chen, D. Senesky, and A. Pisano, "High-Q aluminum nitride Lamb wave resonators with biconvex edges," Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 99, no. 14, pp. 143501, Oct. 2011.
- C. Lin, Y. Chen, and A. Pisano, "Theoretical investigation of Lamb wave characteristics in AlN/3C-SiC composite membranes," Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 97, no. 19, pp. 193506, Nov. 2010.
- C. Lin, W. Lien, V. Felmetsger, M. Hopcroft, D. Senesky, and A. Pisano, "AlN thin films grown on epitaxial 3C-SiC (100) for piezoelectric resonant devices," Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 97, no. 14, pp. 141907, Oct. 2010.
- C. Lin, T. Yen, V. Felmetsger, M. Hopcroft, J. Kuypers, and A. Pisano, "Thermally compensated aluminum nitride Lamb wave resonators for high temperature applications," Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 98, no. 8, pp. 083501, Aug. 2010.
- C. Lin, T. Yen, Y. Lai, V. Felmetsger, M. Hopcroft, J. Kuypers, and A. Pisano, "Temperature-compensated aluminum nitride Lamb wave resonators," IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelectr. Freq. Control, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 524-532, March 2010.
- R. G. Azevedo, D. G. Jones, A. V. Jog, B. Jamshidi, D. R. Meyers, L. Chen, X. Fu, M. Mehregany, M. B. J. Wijesundara, and A. Pisano, "A SiC MEMS resonant strain sensor for harsh environment applications," IEEE J. Sensors, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 568-576, April 2007.
- I. Park, Z. Li, X. Li, A. Pisano, and R. S. Williams, "Towards the silicon nanowire-based sensor for intracellular biochemical detection," Biosensors and Bioelectronics, vol. 22, no. 9-10, pp. 2065-2070, April 2007.
- M. C. Y. Huang, K. B. Cheng, Y. Zhou, A. Pisano, and C. Chang-Hasnain, "Monolithic integrated piezoelectric MEMS-tunable VCSEL," IEEE J. Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 374-380, March 2007.
- J. M. Lippmann, E. J. Geiger, and A. Pisano, "Polymer invest molding: Method for fabricating hollow, microscale parts," Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 134, no. 1, pp. 2-10, Feb. 2007.
- D. A. Mair, E. Geiger, A. Pisano, J. M. J. Frechet, and F. Svec, "Injection molded microfluidic chips featuring integrated interconnects," Lab on a Chip, vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 1346-1354, Oct. 2006.
- P. J. Stephanou, G. Piazza, C. D. White, M. B. J. Wijesundara, and A. Pisano, "Design of novel mechanical coupling for contour mode piezoelectric RF MEMS filters," J. Physics: Conference Series, vol. 34, pp. 342-349, May 2006.
- S. Payen, D. C. Walther, and A. Pisano, "A MEMS RF-interrogated biosensor," in Proc. 2005 3rd Annual Intl. IEEE/EMBS Special Topic Conf. on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 2005, pp. 76-79.
- G. Piazza, K. Castelino, A. Pisano, and C. Chang-Hasnain, "Design of a monolithic piezoelectrically actuated microelectromechanical tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser," Optics Letters, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 896-898, April 2005.
- J. D. Zahn, A. Deshmukh, A. Pisano, and D. Liepmann, "Continuous on-chip micropumping for microneedle enhanced drug delivery," Biomedical Microdevices, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 183-190, Sep. 2004.
- A. C. Fernandez-Pello, A. Pisano, K. Fu, D. C. Walther, A. Knobloch, F. Martinez, M. Senesky, C. Stoldt, R. Maboudian, S. R. Sanders, and D. Liepmann, "MEMS rotary engine power system," Trans. IEE Japan, vol. 123-E, no. 9, pp. 326-330, Sep. 2003.
- L. Lin and A. Pisano, "Silicon-processed microneedles," J. Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 78-84, March 1999.
- L. Lin and A. Pisano, "IC-processed microneedles," U.S. Patent 5,855,801. Jan. 1999.
- L. Lin, R. T. Howe, and A. Pisano, "Microelectromechanical filters for signal processing," J. Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 286-294, Sep. 1998.
- D. L. DeVoe and A. Pisano, "Modeling and optimal design of piezoelectric cantilever microactuators," J. Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 266-270, Sep. 1997.