Clark T.-C. Nguyen

Job title: 
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
Ph.D. 1994

Clark T.-C. Nguyen is the Faculty Executive Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center and the Conexant Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include integrated vibrating micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, timing, and frequency control, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2006, Professor Nguyen was a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. In 2001, Prof. Nguyen founded Discera, Inc., the first com­pany to commercialize timing products based upon MEMS technology, with an initial focus on the very vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research in past years. He served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Discera until mid-2002, at which point he joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on an IPA, where he served for four years as the Program Manager of ten different MEMS-centric pro­grams in the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA. Discera was acquired in 2013, but its products still sell in considerable volume (via Microchip).

Prof. Nguyen is an IEEE Fellow and won the IEEE Cady Award in 2006, the IEEE Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems Award in 2017, and together with his students has garnered more than thirteen best paper awards from conferences and journals. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. Prof. Nguyen was the Technical Program Chair of the 2010 IEEE Int. Frequency Control Symposium and a Co-General Chair of the 2011 Combined IEEE Int. Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum, as well as a Co-General Chair of the 2017 IEEE Int. Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Conference. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Frequency Control in the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S), after which he became the society President from 2016-2017 and Junior Past-President from 2018-2019. He is currently the Senior Past-President of the UFFC-S as well as Acting President of the IEEE MEMS Technical Community.

Research interests: 

Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
Integrated Circuits (INC)
Physical Electronics (PHY)
Design, Modeling and Analysis (DMA)


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