Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, has
been named the first Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
effective September 1, 2008 pending regental approval. He was named Chair of ECE after a national search. He is currently
Director of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN),
and Deputy Director of the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS).
Khalil Najafi received his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering
from The University of Michigan, and served as a research fellow and
assistant research scientist before being hired as an assistant professor in
In addition to his considerable administrative experience, Prof. Najafi
is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the field of
integrated sensors, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), and microsystems.
Efforts in these fields are improving health care, helping us monitor the
environment, ensuring homeland security, and influencing instrumentation for
the emerging revolution in systems biology. He demonstrated the first integrated ring gyroscope in 1994, and remains a world leader in
inertial instruments. His more recent research advances include the development of
high-performance wireless interfaces for implantable devices, and techniques
for sensor packaging.
Bringing technology to the marketplace has been an ongoing effort of
Najafi, and he has been highly successful. In addition to earning 19
patents, he co-founded Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., (ISSYS) in 1995, a
company specializing in MEMS for medical and scientific sensing
applications, and most recently co-founded ePack, Inc., a company
specializing in MEMS packaging.
His dedication to teaching has been recognized by several honors, most
notably by his recognition as Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a title given for
his outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching. He introduced the
undergraduate course “Introduction to MEMS,” which serves students at
Michigan as well as seven other national and international institutions via
the web. He has graduated 31 PhD students, and served on another 65
Prof. Najafi’s professional service to the most prestigious conferences
and journals in MEMS and microelectronics is extensive, and includes his
upcoming role as General Chair of the Int. Solid-State Sensor and Actuator
Conference in 2009. Prof. Najafi is a Fellow of IEEE and the American
Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.