BSAC Technology Seminar: BSAC's Impact on Startups: From Device Engineering to Entrepreneurial Excellence, Illustrated by UltraSense Systems

BSAC Technology Seminar Committee

Jonathan Candelaria
Dalene Schwartz Corey
February 13, 2024

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 at Noon | 490 Cory Hall

Watch the seminar recording here. | View presentation slides here.
Hao-Yen Tang, Ph.D.

Hao-Yen Tang, Ph.D. (BSAC Alum)

Co-Founder/CTO, UltraSense Systems
Host: Jonathan Candelaria


From device to systems, and then from ASIC to software, the training from BSAC certainly transforms BSACers into candidates with great startup potential. For the first part of the talk, we will go through the history of several startups recently branching out from the piezo MEMS technology developed in BSAC, and use them to discuss the advantages of BSACers for startups.

For the 2nd-half of the talk, I'd like share the learning from our current startup company: UltraSense Systems | Touch Interfaces for Modern Automotive

At UltraSense, we commercialize the piezo-MEMS technology, creating solid-state touch user experience for consumer electronics and automobiles. Just like every startup, we had some up and downs, but they all became great lesson learned that I'd be happy to share with you.

Hopefully, our experience brings you some good food for thought, and helps you on the way of your own startup journey!


Hao-Yen Tang received his PhD degree from UC Berkeley Advised by Prof. Bernhard E. Boser, his PhD research, PMUT ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, convinced InvenSense senior management to make a heavy investment to take this technology to mass market. Currently, he serves as CTO/Co-Founder in the startup company UltraSense Systems. The company is aiming to transform any surface material into a Touch/Press user interface with it’s proprietary PiezoMEMS-CMOS technology.

Dr. Tang is the recipient of 2016 ISSCC Best Paper Award (Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper), Co-Recipent of 2016 IEEE MEMS best paper award, 2015 SSCS Pre-Doctoral Award and 2015 ADI Outstanding Student Designer Award. Currently, he holds 20+ granted patents, 20+ publications, and 2000+ citations.


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