Associate Professor Piazza to receive Sathaye Career Development Professorship


September 16, 2014

Associate Professor Gianluca (Gian) Piazza will receive the endowed Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development Professorship on October 2, 2014. The Sathaye Professorship was established by Shirish and Archana Sathaye, committed alumni who have given generously to Carnegie Mellon University both personally and through their foundation. The endowed Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development Professorship was established to support a non-tenured, junior faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.

Gian Piazza

Gian Piazza earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at Politecnico of Milan, Italy, in 2001, an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin in 2001 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. Gian joined CMU in January 2012 as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Piazza is internationally known for his work on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) piezoelectric resonators. He has led the way in international efforts to make contour mode piezoelectric resonators with simultaneous high frequency, high quality factor and low (near 50 Ω) impedance.

His current research thrusts are in developing integrated arrayed aluminum nitride (AIN) technology and in making seminal advances on lithium niobate MEMS, which is of interest for its high electromechanical coupling coefficient that enables higher bandwidth filters than competing materials. His group’s research interests focus on the invention, design and demonstration of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (M/NEMS) for five main areas: low power mechanical radios, nanomechanical computing, integrated chemical and biological sensing platforms, opto-mechanical and acousto-optic systems, and micro and nano phononics.

Archana Sathaye

Archana Sathaye (ECE’93) has had a career spanning industry, academia and, more recently, nonprofits. She was a principal engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in the Advanced Systems Engineering Group. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, a faculty member in computer science at San Jose State University, and an adjunct professor in the business school at Santa Clara University. In addition to serving as a member of the ECE Alumni Council, she is president of the Sathaye Family Foundation and serves on a variety of advisory boards. Archana received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from CMU, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in pure mathematics from Bombay University.

Shirish Sathaye

Shirish Sathaye (ECE’93) serves as a member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the ECE Alumni Council. He joined Khosla Ventures as a general partner after a decade of investment experience at Matrix Partners and a long operating career at several technology companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, FORE Systems and Alteon Web Systems. His current areas of investment focus on wireless and wireline networking, clean tech and cloud-based software, storage and systems. Shirish received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from CMU, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from IT-BHU, Varanasi, India.

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