Distinguished Lecture


Kensall D Wise, William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Ken Wise is responsible for numerous technologies and devices used around the world and now enabling the "Internet of Things" (IoT). These include pressure, flow, and uncooled-infrared sensors; integrated interface circuits; and implantable microsystems for cardiovascular, intraocular, and neural disorders.

He was one of the early leaders establishing the field of integrated sensors, now known as MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). Under NIH funding from 1981 until 2007, he led development of the "Michigan Probes" for exploring the central nervous system at the cellular level, providing over 7500 microprobes to the neuroscience community and pioneering work on neural interfaces.

Between 1984 and 1998 he led the SRC Program in Automated Semiconductor Manufacturing, an SRC Center of Excellence, and from 2000 until 2010 he directed the NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, working on chromatography-based gas analysis systems and on implantable microsystems.

Wise has advised 60 PhD students and is the author of nearly 150 journal articles, 350 archival conference papers, and 38 patents. A recipient of the SRC Aristotle Award, the Columbus Prize, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Technical Field Award, and the University of Michigan Henry Russel Lectureship, he is a Fellow of the AIMBE, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

This talk is given as part of the ECE Bicentennial + Beyond Lecture Series. This series of talks features world-renowned faculty with a long history at Michigan. These distinguished faculty will talk about their research, their careers, and the future of technology in their areas.

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