AMFitzgerald was founded by Dr. Alissa M. Fitzgerald in 2003 to provide MEMS development services to a growing industry. The company quickly expanded with employee hires as projects grew in size and complexity, and moved from San Carlos to its present location in Burlingame in 2010. AMFitzgerald was one of the first service companies to successfully leverage university fabs (Stanford and UCB) to build prototypes and validate designs prior to foundry volume manufacturing. Our business model enables us to provide highly sophisticated prototyping services to clients without the financial burden of owning a fab, which in turn, allows us to stay focused on high value MEMS development services. We have been working exclusively at UCB Marvell Nanolab since 2009 and we transfer our successful prototypes to commercial foundries around the world.
Some highlights of our work to date:
Invented a method of reliability analysis and fracture prediction specific to MEMS devices; granted patent #7,979,237 in 2011.
Created the RocketMEMS® service in 2012, in collaboration with Silex, to provide OEM customers with quick-turn, semi-custom MEMS pressure sensors on a production-qualified process.
Partnered with Millar OEM in 2017 to provide ISO-13485 MEMS chip mounting and assembly services for medical device applications.
Multi-year development project on 3-axis micro-mirror technology with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, available for license from LLNL since 2017.
We have over 160 clients to date, many international and many in the Fortune 500. And we have successfully transferred 11 MEMS designs to 7 foundries around the world.
AMFitzgerald is an active member of MSIG (MEMS & Sensors Industry Group), sponsoring and participating in many MSIG events and conferences around the world. We also joined Silicon Catalyst in 2016, an incubator of silicon-based startups, to provide services and support to the next generation of silicon entrepreneurs.
AMFitzgerald employees have been or are board members at the MEMS Industry Group, Transducers Research Foundation, and Singh Nanotechnology Center at University of Pennsylvania.
Alissa M. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Founder & Managing Member
Dr. Fitzgerald founded the company in 2003. She has over 20 years of engineering experience in MEMS design, fabrication and product development. Having developed more than a dozen distinct MEMS devices, such as piezoresistive cantilevers, ultrasound transducers, and infrared imagers, she now advises clients on the entire cycle of microelectronic product development, from business and IP strategy to supply chain and manufacturing operations. Prior to founding AMFitzgerald, Dr. Fitzgerald worked in engineering positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sigpro, and Sensant Corporation, now part of Siemens. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT and her doctorate from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Fitzgerald has numerous journal publications, holds seven patents, and is a frequent presenter at professional meetings. She served as a director on the MEMS Industry Group's (MIG) Governing Council from 2008-2014. In 2013, she was inducted into the MIG Hall of Fame. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Transducer Research Foundation and Rigetti Computing.
David Cheng, Accounting
Mr. Cheng has over 10 years of accounting and finance experience and is responsible for managing the company’s books and accounting operations. He has a diverse background, having worked in high tech, e-commerce, financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries. He has a knack and special interest in automating and streamlining processes using software applications, as well as providing customized reporting solutions. Mr. Cheng has a B.S. in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.
Charles C. Chung, Ph.D., Design, Test & Integration
Dr. Chung has over 24 years of engineering experience with MEMS devices and microsystems. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Singh Nanotechnology Center's Advisory Board. He has worked on multiple MEMS devices, including wireless sensor nodes, implantable biosensors, microvalves, DNA sequencing chips, microphones, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and pressure sensors. His microdevice experience spans from technology and market analysis, device design and simulation, prototyping and packaging, software and algorithm development, to testing and volume production. He has worked at Intel Corporation, General MEMS, LV Sensors, Atmel, and Halcyon Molecular. He received his B.A. in Physics, Astrophysics, & Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Physics from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniel S. Contreras, Ph.D., Design, Analysis & Fabrication
Dr. Contreras has 5 years of experience in MEMS design and fabrication. His main work has focused on developing electrostatic gap closing actuator-based inchworm motors and silicon linkages, all for application in walking microrobots and other microrobotic systems. He has experience working with MEMS devices from early conception, analysis, and design, through to process flow design, fabrication, circuit design, and device testing. He received his bachelor’s in Physics from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.
Kimberly L. Harrison, Ph.D., Design, Analysis & Fabrication
Dr. Harrison has 6 years of experience in process engineering and microdevice development. As an academic researcher and industry consultant, she has previously worked with universities, start-ups and large corporations to develop new device designs and fabrication processes in a wide variety of applications, including photovoltaics, resonators, integrated CMOS-MEMS circuits, inertial sensors and novel semiconductor materials. She has been involved in all stages of the device life cycle including need-finding, research, design, modeling, simulation, process planning, fabrication, characterization and testing. Dr. Harrison received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Min He, Process Development & Fabrication
Ms. He has over 27 years of hands on experience in semiconductor and MEMS processing, and over 18 years of experience in fabricating optical MEMS devices. She was previously lead process engineer for Iris AO, Inc., responsible for the process development, fabrication and continual process improvement of five different deformable mirror products. She was a key player in the DiCon MEMS R&D group that successfully commercialized cutting edge optical MEMS products including VOA, 1x2, 1x4, 1x8 optical switches. She has extensive knowledge and experience with a broad range of MEMS surface and bulk micro-machining processes. She received her Master’s degree from University of Puerto Rico in Physics.
Michael A. Helmbrecht, Ph.D., Product Development & Manufacturing
Dr. Helmbrecht has a background in MEMS design, fabrication-process development, integrated circuits, and computer interfaces with MEMS devices. Prior to joining AMFitzgerald, he founded Iris AO, Inc. in 2002 where he developed and manufactured multiple generations of MEMS-based deformable mirrors, drive electronics and software for adaptive-optics systems. His more than 20 years of experience in MEMS incorporates a broad set of skills covering concept development, design, feasibility studies, process development, packaging, test system development, electronics interfaces, software, and production. Dr. Helmbrecht received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Farzad Khademolhosseini, Ph.D., Design, Analysis & Fabrication
Dr. Khademolhosseini has been performing research, design, process development, fabrication and testing in the fields of MEMS and BioMEMS for more than 7 years. He has worked on various MEMS and BioMEMS devices, including polymer based BioMEMS for medical & biological applications and MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes for inertial sensing applications. He also has experience in sterile techniques, biological assays, cell-culture and bio-compatibility/bio-functionality analysis of BioMEMS devices. He is the recipient of the Vanier CGS Award from the Government of Canada. Dr. Khademolhosseini received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Korene Mangelsen, Office Administration
Ms. Mangelsen has over 25 years of administrative experience and is responsible for overseeing the company's front office. She has a diverse background working in the private and nonprofit sector serving San Mateo County. Ms. Mangelsen has a B.A. in Sociology.
Carolyn D. White, Ph.D., Design, Analysis & Fabrication
Dr. White has a background in mechanics of materials and specializes in the design and fabrication of MEMS devices for a wide range of range of applications, which have included electrostatic actuators, microfluidics, and piezoelectric devices. She has additional experience in technology strategic analysis including of the evaluation of patent portfolios, feasibility studies, and cost/performance analysis. With over 15 years of experience in MEMS, Dr. White previously worked for Lucent Technologies and she is an active member of the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, previously serving on its Technical Advisory Committee. Dr. White received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
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