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.
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.
Catherine Guittard, Finance & Operations
Ms. Guittard has over 15 years in the high technology industry and is responsible for managing the company's finances and operations. She has a diverse background, working with small startups as well as large multinational corporations including Apple, Cisco Systems, and Symbol Technologies. Ms. Guittard has a B.S. in Business and Information Systems, is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has received professional certifications in finance, HR management, and employment law.
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, MEMS 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., MEMS 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 Science 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.
Xue'en (Suzanne) Yang, Ph.D., Design, Integration & Simulation
Dr. Yang has over 15 years of academic and industrial experiences in device and process development of MEMS. She has worked extensively on developing micro devices such as microvalve, tunable capacitor, accelerometer, bolometer, micromirror and gyroscope, among others. She was formerly with Analog Devices as a process development engineer and with Teledyne DALSA as a design and product engineer. She also did consulting work for a startup prior to joining AMFitzgerald. Her expertise and interests span multi-physics design, modeling, layout, microfabrication, characterization and system integration. She obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. She holds two patents.
MEMS EngineerJob Description
Our successful and internationally recognized MEMS product development firm is seeking a versatile MEMS engineer who thrives on intellectual variety and challenges. At AMFitzgerald, you will have the opportunity to engineer all types of MEMS to be used in consumer, medical, and industrial products. We are helping our customers, who range from startups to prestigious companies in the Fortune 500, develop high performance products, enabled by customized microtechnology, that save and improve lives.
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This job requires an engineer who can manage working on multiple diverse projects simultaneously, with timelines varying from one month to several years. You will develop and fabricate prototypes of a wide variety of MEMS sensors and actuators, and their packaging and electronics. Typical project work consists of MEMS design and process integration, electronics and package design, mask layout, and prototype fabrication (at UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab). You will work closely with our customers and gain valuable exposure to the global MEMS industry.
- Self-directed and organized, with a can-do attitude, proven multi-tasker
- Can tolerate ambiguity and a variable workload (which can range from 30-50 hours/week)
- Excellent engineering fundamentals, with an MS or PhD degree in Engineering or Physics.
- At least three years of hands-on MEMS or semiconductor fabrication experience (university fab experience is acceptable)
- Able to do hands-on fabrication at UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab at least 2 days/week (training will be provided)
- Electrical and physical sensor testing (wafer or chip-level)
- Basic circuit design
- Mask design (L-edit preferred) and process integration skills
- English fluency; excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- You must already be authorized to work in the USA (US citizen or green card holder). Our company uses
E-Verifyto validate documents.
Desired Skills (any of the following)
- Sensor readout and control circuit design (board-level or ASIC)
- MEMS back-end processes and chip packaging
- Matlab, C, or Python programming skills
- Embedded system programming
- Commensurate with experience, base salary plus variable based on performance
- Benefits: Flexible hours, PPO medical insurance, dental and vision plans, 401K, 4 weeks paid time off
How to Submit an Application
Please email your resume to
- The subject line of your email must contain the text: "MEMS Engineer"
- Resume in PDF format, not to exceed two pages. (Hint: We are more interested in a detailed description of your engineering skills than a list of every article you've ever published.)
- No phone calls, please!
AMFitzgerald welcomes the opportunity to assist you with all MEMS needs. Please complete the brief sections below and one of our team members will follow up. For details on any of our services or to discuss your particular needs, fill out the form below or call us at 650-347-6367.