Kensall D. Wise
Kensall D. Wise, a pioneer in the rapidly growing field of microelectromechanical
systems (MEMS), maintains one of the University’s most vigorous
interdisciplinary research programs. Due in large part to his vision
and collaborative efforts, U-M is a world leader in MEMS technology.
Wise, who directs the National Science Foundation’s Research
Center in Wireless Integrated MicroSystems, is responsible for many
significant innovations, including the development of neural probes,
pressure sensors, miniature gas-analysis systems, uncooled infrared
detectors and tactile imagers. His MEMS work has set the stage for
dramatically improved cochlear implants, which currently restore
hearing to the deaf and promise to reduce the effects of epilepsy
and Parkinson’s disease.
A member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science since 1974, Wise was appointed the J. Reid and Polly Anderson
Professor of Manufacturing Technology in 1993. He has directed a
number of major initiatives in the College of Engineering, including
the Solid State Electronics Laboratory, the Center for Integrated
Sensors and Circuits and the Center for Integrated MicroSystems.
Wise has published more than 200 articles in top journals and holds
23 U.S. patents. He pioneered new courses in integrated circuits,
in sensor technology and in microelectromechanical systems, and
has mentored a generation of students who have become leaders in
the microelectronics industry and in MEMS. The Semiconductor Research
Corporation recognized his deep commitment to student advising and
teaching through research with its 1997 Aristotle Award.
Wise is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
and of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
He has received many awards for excellence in teaching, service
and research, including the University’s Distinguished Faculty
Achievement Award, Discover Magazine’s Columbus Prize for
ingenuity and innovation, and the IEEE’s Solid-State Circuits
Field Award for “pioneering contributions to the development
of solid-state sensors, circuits and integrated sensing systems.”