Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)

Research Advised by Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister

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Alexander Alvara

Graduate Student Researcher
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Professor Liwei Lin (Advisor)
Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)
Ph.D. 2024 (Anticipated)

Alexander Alvara is a 5th year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering who earned his 3 BS degrees from UC Irvine '17 concurrently in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and materials science and engineering. Alexander is interested in extreme conditions applications and performance of MEMS devices as well as nanoscale materials engineering that investigates the interplay of materials with electromagnetism and light.

Alex Moreno

Graduate Student Researcher
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)
Ph.D. 2023
M.S. 2021

Alex Moreno received the B.S.E.E degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2017 and his M.S. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021. He was awarded the NSF GRFP and UC Berkeley Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship in 2017. His research interests include low power wireless radios, mircorobotics and localization.

Mauricio J. Bustamante

Graduate Student Researcher
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Professor Michel M. Maharbiz (Advisor)
Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)
Ph.D. 2023

BPN970: Rotary Inchworm Motor for Underwater Microrobot Propulsion

Mauricio J. Bustamante

Autonomous swimming microrobots for biomedical applications and distributed sensing require locally controllable swimming mechanisms. This project aims to develop underwater, rotary electrostatic inchworm motors for artificial flagella. Our proposed design uses gap closing actuators with an angle arm design, similar to existing inchworm motors, to drive a central rotor, all fabricated with an SOI process. An artificial flagella is attached the rotor, converting the rotational motion into propulsion. Major challenges include efficient operation of electrostatic motors underwater and...

Lydia Lee

Graduate Student Researcher
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)
Ph.D. 2023

Lydia received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2017. She is currently pursuing a PhD in integrated circuits under the supervision of Prof. Kris Pister and is expected to graduate in 2023.

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BSAC's Best: Fall 2013 Winners Announced

September 19, 2013

BSAC would like to thank the 200 researchers who presented their work in poster or plenary sessions at the Fall 2013 BSAC Research Review on September 18-19.

70 attending industrial members from 34 member organizations voted for the best presentations and posters, resulting in Best Paper and Best Poster awards (certificate and cash).

 Richard Przybyla
Best Paper...

A CMOS Biosensor for Infectious Disease Detection

Turgut Sefket Aytür
Bernhard E. Boser
Kristofer S.J. Pister
Eva Harris

The timely and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases is indispensable for directing patient management and informing larger public health decisions. For the individual patient, delays in accurate diagnosis may delay necessary treatment and consequently result in a negative outcome. From the public health standpoint, prompt awareness of disease outbreaks is critical for an effective response. In developed countries, both the medical infrastructure and...

BPN948: Wireless Tactile Stimulation with MEMS Inchworm Motors

Dillon Acker-James

The goal of this project is to make an untethered MEMS tactile stimulator. Electrostatic inchworm motors made in SOI substrates routinely generate 1-15 mN of force and 2 mm/s travel, making them a viable option for a millimeter-scale wireless tactile stimulator. Collaborating with Professor Eric Paulos and his students, our first step is to conduct haptic sensation surveys in order to understand what a user feels based on different forces. Our current chips provide a force range of 1mN up to 15mN, but we plan to increase this in the future. Our next step would be to integrate the MEMS...

Kris Pister Appointed Faculty Director to Marvell NanoLab

February 1, 2020

BSAC Co-Director Kris Pister has been named the new faculty director of the UC Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory (NanoLab) at CITRIS. The appointment, which became effective Jan. 1, brings in a veteran user known for his advances in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to head the cutting-edge facility.

Pister, who earned his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley in 1989 and 1992, recalls the many hours spent in the Berkeley...