micromechanical polysilicon gear train SmallTech Consulting Core Team

Our Core Team consultants have advanced degrees as well as substantial experience and deep expertise in their technical and business areas. Our Advisory and Extended Team augments expertise in our core areas as well as a broad range of additional capabilities.

Leslie Field, Ph.D. MEMS, Microfluidics, Microfabrication, Biomedical, Patents, Elect. Eng., Chem. Eng., Mgmt.
Phil Barth, Ph.D. MEMS, Sensors, Microfluidics, Microfabrication, Modeling
Mateusz Bryning, Ph.D. Physics, Nanotechnology, Fluids, Displays, MEMS
Remy Cromer, Ph.D. Chemistry,Bioassay, Proteomics,Nanotechnology, Management
Shalini Venkatesh, Ph.D. Patents, Optics/Photonics, Physics, Biomedical
Winston Wang, M.S. MEMS, Mechanical Engineering, Prototyping, FEA, DOE, BioChem

Leslie Field, Ph.D.

Dr. Leslie Field is the Founder and Managing Member of SmallTech Consulting, LLC and the Founder and CEO of MEMS Insight, Inc.   She also serves as a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Leslie has a background in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, corporate R&D, and consulting. Dr. Field, through her consulting companies, has provided consulting services to a broad spectrum of companies for technical and strategic projects since 2002.  Previously, Dr. Field worked in MEMS R&D at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories/Agilent Laboratories and while there, played a key role in starting HP Labs' Micromechanics group and worked on a variety of MEMS projects and devices. Farther back, Leslie's work at Chevron Research Company resulted in improved commercial refining methods for various petroleum-based products.  Dr. Field has served on conference technical program committees and as a scientific reviewer for NIH. She is an inventor of forty-five issued US patents, sixteen patent applications, and an author of nineteen technical publications. Dr. Field earned PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley's Sensor & Actuator Center, and MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Phil Barth, Ph.D.

Dr. Barth is an engineer with a strong track record in developing micro-scale and nano-scale systems for automotive, medical, and analytical use, both as a team leader and as an individual contributor. At Hewlett Packard Labs and Agilent Labs he has conducted research and development on thermal conductivity detectors for gas chromatography, nanopore sequencing of DNA, microfluidic systems for genomics array manufacturing, microfluidics for high throughput screening systems, optical switching systems for telecommunications, inkjet printing, liquid chromatography solvent supply systems, micro-scale valves, and micro-scale flow detectors.  In prior positions as Vice President/Chief Scientist at NovaSensor (now part of Amphenol Advanced Sensors) and at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Systems he co-developed airbag accelerometers, fuel injectors, pressure sensors, flow restrictor capillaries, and thermometer arrays. He is inventor/co-inventor on 54 issued U.S. Patents, and is author/co-author of 14 refereed journal articles and 37 other publications. He is credited with coining the term “surface micromachining” as applied to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). His design experience includes use of SolidWorks, ANSYS, COMSOL, TK solver, and DW2000.

Mateusz Bryning , Ph.D.

Dr. Mateusz Bryning is a physicist specializing in emerging technologies in nanotechnology, complex fluids, and advanced materials fields. Expertise in electronic displays, carbon nanotubes, micro- and nano-fabrication, as well as high-tech startup company management, Dr. Bryning is an entrepreneur with ten years of experience in discovering, developing and transferring new materials technology into application.

Remy Cromer , Ph.D.

Dr. Remy Cromer is an experienced R&D Director in diverse technologies and project management. Demonstrated competence in the development and integration of technology platforms, biomarker identification and assay methodologies to advance target identification, drug discovery, pre-clinical and clinical drug development

Specialties:Bioanalytical Chemistry, Bioassay development, Proteomics, Organic Chemistry, Nanotechnology

Shalini Venkatesh , Ph.D.

Dr. Shalini Venkatesh is an applied physicist (Ph.D. in Physics, University of Aston, England) and a USPTO-registered Patent Agent. She has extensive R&D lab experience in optics and photonics, and five years of experience in patent prosecution. She is interested in consulting on projects where expertise in optics is called for, as well as in exploring new areas of technology and business where a physics background coupled with strong communication skills and patent expertise may be of particular value.


Winston Wang, M.S.

Winston Wang brings to SmallTech Consulting his prototyping, Mechanical Engineering and FEA skills. He is a recent graduate of San Jose State, where he earned a Master's in Mechanical Engineering, and prior to that he earned his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from UC Riverside. Mr. Wang also has experience in teaching, including at the University level, MEMS, robotics, crowdfunding, and rapid prototyping. >