June 19, 2006
Professor Gary Fedder has been named the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and has also been appointed as the new director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), as of July 1. Wilkoff (EE '30) was the founder of the New England Tape Company, which manufactured a range of innovative products for electronics, medical safety, automotive and aircraft industries. The Wilkoff Professorship was established in 1990, and the first recipient was Ronald A. Rohrer, now an Emeritus Professor of ECE. Fedder, who holds a joint appointment in the ECE Department and the Robotics Institute, will be recognized for receiving the professorship at a reception this fall.
Fedder earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively. From 1984 to 1989, he worked at the Hewlett-Packard Company on circuit design and printed-circuit modeling. In 1994, he obtained the Ph.D. degree from U. C. Berkeley, where his research resulted in the first demonstration of multimode control of an underdamped surface-micromachined inertial device.
Fedder's research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) modeling, simulation and synthesis, integration of MEMS and CMOS, physical sensor design, microactuator control systems, RF MEMS, gas chemical microsensors and implantable biosensors. He is the founder and co-director of the MEMS Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon and has directed several multidisciplinary research projects in microsystems with investigators at Carnegie Mellon University, and from academia and industry. From 1996 to the present, his group has refined a hierarchical circuit-based representation of surface-micromachined MEMS that forms the foundation for an intuitive, reusable, top-down design environment.
In 1994, Fedder's group began developing a unique process to create electrostatically actuated microstructures with high-aspect-ratio composite-beam suspensions using conventional CMOS processing followed by a sequence of maskless dry-etching steps. From 2000-2004, the lab's RF-MEMS thrust has produced high tuning range MEMS varactors and high-Q inductors in CMOS and BiCMOS foundry processes, monolithically integrated in VCO and filter circuits. Microdevices studied include semiconducting polymer-based chemical gas sensors, RF tunable passives, RF nanoresonator mixer/filters, bioimplantable sensors, infrared sensors, ultrasonic detectors, and inertial sensor arrays.
Fedder received the 1993 AIME Electronic Materials Society Ross Tucker Award, the 1996 Carnegie Institute of Technology George Tallman Ladd Research Award, and the 1996 NSF CAREER Award. He led the team that won third place in the national Semiconductor Research Corporation Copper Design Contest in 1999. Currently, he serves as a subject editor for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, on the editorial boards of the IoP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering and IET Micro & Nano Letters, and as co-editor of the Wiley-VCH Sensors Update and Advanced Micro- and Nanosystems book series. He served as general co-chair of the 2005 IEEE MEMS Conference and has contributed to over 100 research publications and several patents in the MEMS area.
He is a sought after consultant and has served on, or is serving as, a consultant to Akustica, Digital Site Systems, Hale & Dorr, Lockheed Martin, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Kearfott Guidance & Navigation, MEMSCAP, Motorola, Sarcon Microsystems, and Seagate Research.
Fedder will succeed Professor Cristina Amon, who directed ICES from 1999 to 2006. Her visionary leadership fostered a culture of innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration. Amon enabled the creation and development of several new initiatives including, most recently, the Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT), and the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research (CenSCIR).
Source: Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon News.