Over the last decade or so, we have been able to develop a large number of silicon micromachines for a wide range of applications, both scientific and technological. In this talk I will review the devices we have been able to build and discuss their applications. These range from scientific experiments such as looking at single vortex dynamics in superconductors and the observation of the Casimir Force/Energy to technological applications like large, all-optical switches, smart lighting, magnetocardiography and Atomic Calligraphy. In this talk I make the point that MEMS devices and VLSI processing are the “New Physics Machine Shop”, replacing the macro-mechanical shops many of us grew up with.
Dr. David Bishop is currently the Director of CELL-MET, an NSF ERC, Head of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University. He is also a Professor of Physics, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at BU. Previously he was the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the BU College of Engineering. Prior to joining BU, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LGS, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent dedicated to serving the U.S. federal government market with advanced R&D solutions. Before joining LGS, Dr. Bishop was the President of Government Research & Security Solutions for Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. Dr. Bishop is a Bell Labs Fellow and in his previous positions with Lucent served as Nanotechnology Research VP for Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies; President of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium and the Physical Sciences Research VP. He joined AT&T-Bell Laboratories Bell Labs in 1978 as a postdoctoral member of staff and in 1979 became a Member of the Technical Staff. In 1988 he was made a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and later that same year was promoted to Department Head, Bell Laboratories. Dr. Bishop graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Physics. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University.