Ming C. Wu

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

Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.

Professor's Wu research interests include MEMS, Optical MEMS, Silicon photonics, LiDARs, optical sensors, optical switches, and optofluidics.

Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2004, Prof. Wu was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, New Jersey) from 1988 to 1992, and a professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1993 to 2004, where he also served as Vice Chair for Industrial Affiliate Program and Director of Nano-electronics Research Facility.

Professor Wu has published over 600 journal and conference papers and holds 48 U.S. patents. Prof. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE and Optica (formerly OSA), and a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992 – 1997).  His work has been recognized by the 2016 IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the 2007 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award and the 2017 C.E.K. Mees Medal from Optica (OSA), and the 2020 Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems Award from IEEE Electron Device Society. In 2021, he received Bakar Prize from UC Berkeley.

In addition to academic research, Prof. Wu has co-founded several companies to commercialize his research, including OMM (MEMS optical switches, 1997), Berkeley Lights (NASDAQ:BLI, optofluidics for single cell biology, 2011), and nEYE Systems (silicon photonic MEMS integrated circuits, 2020). 

Professor Wu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

Research interests: 

Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
Physical Electronics (PHY)
Si photonics, optoelectronics, nanophotonics, optical MEMS, Optofluidics


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