L: Wan-Thai Hsu, Ross Ayotte (EE Times)
Wan-Thai Hsu (PhD EE '01), Chief Technology Officer for U-M start-up Discera
Inc., received the EE Times 3rd Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) award
for Innovator of the Year. This award is given to an individual who brings
leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, a
product or a business. For years the concept of using MEMS as a replacement
for quartz had been theorized by academics but there were few who thought it
would be possible to overcome the challenges required for real world use.
Beginning in 2001, Hsu and his team moved the technology far beyond academic
research, focusing on solving real world problems. Under Hsu's technical
vision and guidance, Discera successfully developed and began producing
silicon MEMS devices for timing applications in high volume, targeting to
displace a decades-old, $3.5B per year quartz crystal market.
"Wan-Thai Hsu embodies the spirit of the creators of technology that EE
Times tries to celebrate every week in its coverage of the industry," said
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief, EE Times. "His work with his colleagues at
Discera on MEMS devices is enabling a new generation of system solutions
that weren't possible just a few years ago."
Announcement on EE Times
Discera Press Release