Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)


Kevin Shaw, Chief Technology Officer at Sensor Platforms, argues that if we can make micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) small enough, low-power and inexpensive, we can distribute them everywhere, and explains why silicon is the best material for MEMS.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Kevin Shaw
About The Speaker

Kevin Shaw is the Director of Business Development at Audience, Inc., and an adjunct faculty member at Singularity University who has been working in the field of MEMS and Sensors for 25 years. He first worked on Silicon MEMS processes for inertial sensors at Cornell University, where he earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) and two masters degrees. He then hired on as third employee at a startup company called Kionix, where he worked to transfer the inertial MEMS process into production. In addition to co-founding IronWood Technologies, a railroad services firm which he sold in 2005, Shaw graduated from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow and then joined startup company Sensor Platforms. He established the Sensor Algorithms team in 2007 and became CTO in 2009. In July 2014, Audience Inc. acquired Sensor Platforms, and Shaw joined the team there working to provide always-on sensor solutions for a broad range of consumer devices.