Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
Dr. Kathleen Vaeth (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kathleen-vaeth/1/235/8a) has joined MicroGen Systems, Inc. as Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Vaeth has more than a decade of experience building and leading multi-disciplinary teams, most recently with Eastman Kodak. She has developed technologies in MEMS microfluidics, organic electronics and displays, and piezoelectric materials and actuators. Her research work spans the design, fabrication and characterization of devices based on these technologies, and her responsibilities have included transferring processes to MEMS manufacturing facilities. Dr. Vaeth is also a guest lecturer at Cornell University and has previously held the title of Adjunct Professor of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Vaeth’s initial responsibilities will be focused on the production transfer of MicroGen’s MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) based piezoelectric platform technology to X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG (http://www.xfab.com/en/technology/mems/), where piezoelectric vibrational energy harvesters or micro-power generators (MPGs) are the first or many products to be garnered from this piezoelectric platform. The MPG product-line is called the BOLT™, where ‘free-standing’ MPGs and integrated power modules will be sold. The MPG converts ambient vibrational energy to extend or replace batteries in low power wireless sensor applications targeted initially at the industrial, building and commercial markets.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Vaeth join our growing company at this vital time,” remarked Dr. Robert Andosca, President and CEO of MicroGen. “Her background and leadership ability will allow us to move more quickly toward our business goals.”
“By bringing Dr. Vaeth to the team, we gain a great deal of technical experience that will accelerate our product development time table,” commented Michael Perrotta, CFO/COO, “and, just as importantly, it allows Dr. Andosca to focus on commercial, strategic and investment relationships required to grow MicroGen.”
Dr. Vaeth earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was a Hertz Fellow, and holds B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, where she was a Kodak Fellow. She has 20 publications and 15 issued U.S. patents.
About MicroGen Systems, Inc.
MicroGen is bringing to market a suite of products based on its proprietary MEMS-based piezoelectric platform technology at X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries' production facility located north of Hamburg, Germany. The first product is a small (volume less than 0.05 to 0.50 cm3; smaller than a green pea) wafer-level packaged micro-power generator (MPG). These low cost, long lifetime (greater than 20 years) devices that scavenge otherwise wasted ambient vibrational energy will replace or extend the lifetime of batteries in wireless sensor applications. MicroGen’s primary target market is the industrial, building and commercial wireless sensor markets (e.g. machinery monitoring, lighting control, smart utility metering, and many others), and the secondary is transportation systems (e.g. planes, trains and automobiles, civil infrastructure monitoring, asset tracking).
MicroGen (http://www.microgensystems.com) located in Ithaca, NY developed its core piezoelectric technology at Cornell University (http://www.cnf.cornell.edu). MicroGen is led by a strong international management team with significant industry and start-up experience.