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Carlos H. Mastrangelo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985, 1988, and 1991, respectively. Mastrangelo's work has included positions in Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratory. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Center for Integrated Microsystems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 1997 he was a consultant and principal MEMS designer at Intellisense, Wilmington MA. From 2000-2003 he was Vice President of Engineering and chief designer at Intellisense working primarily on optical MEMS systems for fiberoptic communications. Intellisense was acquired in December 2000 by Corning Incorporated for $750M becoming the independently managed Corning-Intellisense subsidiary. From 2003-2005, Mastrangelo was a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University.
Mastrangelo's research focuses on microelectromechanical system applications and technology, microfluidic systems, and integration, design, and modeling of MEMS devices. His research group is widely credited for pioneering the integration of DNA separation microchips with on-chip fluorescence detectors. He pioneered the fundamental theory of stiction failure phenomena in MEMS which is of extreme importance in the manufacturing of hundreds of millions of MEMS subsystems in automotive air bag systems, MEMS based inertial guidance systems, MEMS RF switches, and MEMS-based Wii virtual reality handsets. Prof. Mastrangelo is also credited for introducing graph theoretic methods for the representation of MEMS fabrication methods that permit the automatic
synthesis of complex MEMS fabrication sequences.
Mastrangelo has raised more than $18M for university research projects and directly supervised and managed $70M of industrial research and development projects. In 1991 he received the Counsel of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms Distinguished Dissertation Award for the best technical dissertation in the United States and Canada. He also received a 1994 NSF Young Investigator Award. In 2000 his group received the best paper of the year award at the Transactions of Semiconductor Manufacturing for his pioneer work on synthesis of fabrication process flows for MEMS structures. He presently serves on the editorial boards of the Sensors and Actuators journal and the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems.