Mitsutoshi Makihata received his B.E. in Electronics and Informatics and from Hosei University, Japan in 2006 and M.E. in Electronics and Applied Physics from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Nanomechanics from Tohoku University, Japan. After working at Tohoku university as a Postdoctoral researcher, he joined the PRIME lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2013. His research interest are integration and packaging technology of MEMS and CMOS, sensors for a robots, and sensor systems design and implementation.
Levent Beker received his B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Eng. from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He is currently a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, working under supervision of Prof. Al Pisano. His research interests include harsh environment MEMS, modeling and design of transducers, and microfabrication.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Kirti received her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Bayero University, Kano. She came to the United States in 2001 and received the M.S. in mechanical engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2004. During this time her research focused on real-time detection of geometric interference for the design of a 3D haptic stencil for manufacturing applications. This provided a novel approach to rapid autonomous manufacturing by using force feedback and collision avoidance for real-time machine control. From 2004 to July 2010, she was a mechanical design engineer at Schlumberger Technology Corporation working on various projects developing tools for down-hole applications such as wire-line reservoir logging and interface subs for wired drill pipe projects. During this time she was exposed to testing and design for difficult environments – differential pressures of up to 30,000psi, temperatures of up to 430°F, high shock and bending specifications and extremely corrosive environments. She is currently a graduate researcher in the BMAD lab pursuing a PhD in Applied Science & Technology. Her research interests include the development and testing of sensor systems for harsh environments.