Our Team

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 advises clients on the entire technology development cycle, from business and IP strategy, to initial design and prototyping, to foundry transfer. She is a recognized expert on reliability of brittle materials. Prior to founding AMFitzgerald, Dr. Fitzgerald worked 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 lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and professional meetings. She served on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group (MIG) from 2008-2014. In 2013, she was inducted into the MIG Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was the runner-up winner of the MEMS Consultant of the Year award from MIG.

 

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.

Keith M. Jackson, Ph.D., Design, Integration & Fabrication

Dr. Jackson has been performing design, process development, and testing in the fields of MEMS and Semiconductors for more than 15 years. His expertise lies in creating novel process-integration solutions that enable both prototypes and transfer to manufacturing. Dr. Jackson has previously worked on process development for GE-Novasensor and Intel and has two patents. He received his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

 

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.