Dr. Martin A. Schmidt is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He serves as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT. Dr. Schmidt received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1981, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, Cambridge, in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He is an expert in microelectromechanical systems, devices with miniature moving parts made with fabrication techniques of microelectronics. Dr. Schmidt investigates microfabrication technologies for integrated circuits, sensors, and actuators; design of micromechanical sensor and actuator systems; mechanical properties of microelectronic materials, with emphasis on silicon wafer bonding technology; integrated microsensors; and microfluidic devices. His current research projects involve novel applications of MEMS technologies to a variety of fields, including miniature gas turbines, miniature chemical reactors, microswitches, biological applications and sensors monolithically integrated with electronics. He has more than 130 refereed technical publications and 28 patents. He is a recipient of a number of awards including the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark.