Dr. Ivan Puchades received his B.S. in Microelectronic Engineering, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and his Ph.D. (thermally actuated MEMS resonators to measure viscosity of fluids) in Microsystems Engineering from RIT He currently teaches undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering and graduate-level Microelectronic Engineering courses in MEMS Design, Fabrication and Test. He did some of his research at the National Center of Microelectronics in the University of Barcelona in Spain. He has consulted with Impact Technologies of Rochester, NY, on several MEMS projects since January of 2009. He was the recipient of the Dr. Renan Turkman scholarship in 2011.
His current research focuses on MEMS devices and education. He is interested in applications of thermal, electrostatic and piezoelectric MEMS resonators, piezoelectric energy harvesting, multi-sensor networks, and system integration.
Dr. Puchades has significant industry experience as an RF device engineer and BiCMOS technology development engineer for Freescale Semiconductor in Phoenix, Arizona from 2000 to 2005. He was responsible for CMOS and high-voltage technology integration at the 0.18-µm node. While at Freescale he organized a Device Physics Seminar for process engineers, obtained his Six-Sigma green-belt accreditation and lead the resolution of several device engineering issues. He worked as a co-op at Advanced Vision Technologies and National Semiconductor during his undergraduate studies.
Selected Recent Publications
Puchades, I.; Koz, M.; Fuller, L.; "Mechanical Vibrations of Thermally Actuated Silicon Membranes," Micromachines 3, no. 2, 2012, Pages: 255-269.
Puchades, I.; Fuller, L.; “A Thermally Actuated Microelectromechanical (MEMS) Device for Measuring Viscosity,” IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, May 2011, Page(s): 601-608.
Puchades, I.; Fuller, L.; "Microelectromechanical Viscosity Measurement Devices and Methods Thereof,” US Patent application, June 2010.
Dhull, R.K.; Puchades, I.; Fuller, L.; Lu, Y.W., “Optical Micromirror Actuation using Thermocapillary Effect in Microdroplets, Micro Electro Mechanical Systems,” 2009. MEMS 2009. IEEE 22nd International Conference on, 25-29 Jan. 2009 Page(s):995 – 998