People: Founders & Board of Directors

ISSYS was founded by the best people from one of the world's best MEMS institutions. Collectively, ISSYS' founders have nearly 70 years of experience in MEMS-related fields. They have managed over $55 million in research projects; published 17 book chapters, 31 patents, 250 journal articles, and over 300 technical conference documents; and graduated over 50 Ph.D's (many in medical MEMS projects).

Founders & Board of Directors

Dr. Nader Najafi
ISSYS Founder,
President & Chief Executive Officer,
ISSYS Board of Directors

Dr. Nader Najafi,ISSYS' CEO and President, founded ISSYS in January 1995, established its infrastructure, and has been leading its growth for the past twelve years. Prior to founding ISSYS, Dr. Najafi worked at IBM, Burlington Vermont, one of the largest CMOS electronics manufacturers in the U.S. He was also assigned by IBM to be a member of Project Technical Advisory Board (PTAB) of SEMATECH sensor/Actuator Sensor Bus Project. He has authored 9 issued and 20+ pending patents, and over 55 publications, including 3 book chapters, as well as many technical presentations. He was the first elected Chairman of Industrial Advisory Board, NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems at the University of Michigan. Nader is also actively involved in many local and national activities, including an invited member of 2003 Selection Committee (Blue Ribbon) panel for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) program, a member of the Advisory Board for the Michigan Small Tech Association (MISTA), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Microsystems Alliance. Nader was also cofounder and president of non-profit organization called Michigan High-Tech CEO Alliance (MicHTeC). MichTec presented an independent, action forum for CEO's of High Technology-based companies in Michigan and brings a CEO/Hi-Tech presence to issues of business capitalization, job creation and government policy ( Dr. Najafi has a PhD and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Ken Wise
ISSYS Co-Founder
ISSYS Board of Directors

Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost MEMS experts with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Kensall Wise is Director of the Center for Integrated Microsystems and Director of the National Science Foundation Wireless MEMS Engineering Research Center at the University of Michigan. He is currently the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology and an invited member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Wise is the author of 18 issued and three pending patents, ten book chapters, 185 technical publications, and 190 conference publications. He has managed over $35 million in projects and has graduated 41 PhDs. He has expertise in integrated circuit technology; solid-state sensors & microsystems for use in health care, environmental monitoring, and industrial process control; design and applications of integrated electronics. Dr. Wise has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University as well as a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Dr. Khalil Najafi
ISSYS Co-Founder
ISSYS Board of Directors

A leader in MEMS research, Dr. Khalil Najafi is Director of the Solid State Electronics Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Deputy Director of the Center for Wireless MEMS Engineering Research Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at the University of Michigan Engineering School. Dr. Najafi is a MEMS Senior Editor of IEEE and the Journal of Micro-mechanics and Micro-engineering. He is the author of four patents, four book chapters, forty-three journal publications and over 100 conference papers. He has managed over $10 million in projects and graduated eleven PhDs. Dr. Najafi's expertise is in solid-state integrated sensors and circuits, analog and mixed mode integrated circuit design and fabrication, fabrication technologies for silicon microactuators and three-dimensional micromechanical systems, integrated implantable sensors for biomedical applications, packaging techniques for protection of integrated circuits and sensors for long-term implantation in biological environments, miniature implantable wireless microtelemetry systems. Dr. Najafi has PhD., M.S., and B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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