The 2011 University Alliance Design Competition entries will be judged by both internal and external judges. These judges are experts in their fields and support the Design Competition as a learning tool allowing students to experience all aspects of the design process.
Michael S. Baker
Michael S. Baker received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo UT, in 1999 and 2002. His research efforts were in the area of on-chip actuation of MEMS bistable mechanisms. He is currently a Principle Member of Technical Staff in the Advanced MEMS department at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM. His research interests in MEMS include compliant mechanism design, acceleration switches, relays, and methods of actuation.
Jack L. Skinner, Ph.D.
Jack L. Skinner received the B.S. degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT, the M.S. degree from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, CA, in mechanical engineering in 2000, 2002, and 2007, respectively. He was a graduate researcher with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), Berkeley, CA, from 2004 to 2007, where he developed diffractive optical microsystems. Since 2003, he has been with Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, where he is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff. He has been working in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) since 2001. His research interests include microscale and nanoscale devices for sensing and communication. Jack has authored over 25 journal articles and conference papers.
Dr. Skinner is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Tau Beta Pi.
Austin Welborn received his BS and MS from the University of Utah in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and 2010. His long-lived interest in watching the History Channel and Science Channel led him to become fascinated with the world of MEMS. Although he had only been working directly with MEMS for about a year and half, he was able to participate in the Sandia National Laboratories University Alliance Design Competition for MEMS and helped design the winning educational chip for the competition in 2010. He is currently working with the MEMS department at Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor.
Justin D. Mansell, Ph.D.
Dr. Justin D. Mansell began his work with MEMS at Sandia National Laboratories in 1995 developing micro-optics and Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors. He helped found Wavefront Sciences to commercialize this technology. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University for developing a MEMS deformable mirror for high-power laser applications in 2002. He founded AgilOptics in 2000 to commercialize his MEMS deformable mirror technology. He is currently the president of Active Optical Systems, LLC, a company he founded to commercialize a new kind of low-cost deformable mirror and adaptive optics technology.
Brian D. Jensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian D. Jensen has been at BYU since January 2005. He graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. His research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), including Bio-MEMS, micromechanical contacts, optimization-based design, compliant mechanisms, and computer modeling of electrical and mechanical phenomena.