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Leslie Field, Ph.D.

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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, the Denice Denton Award committee for the Anita Borg Institute, and as a scientific reviewer for NIH. She is an inventor on thirty-seven patents and an author on fourteen 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.

Specialties:

MEMS fabrication
Device design and layout
Liaison with MEMS foundries
Technology and IP evaluation
Investigation of specific MEMS market opportunities
Invention

Specific MEMS device /application areas:

microfluidics
bioMEMS
valves
switches
inkjet
micro-gears
energy applications

Specific MEMS fabrication specialties:

low-stress silicon nitride
nickel electroplating
complex process integration

Specific Chemical Engineering specialties:

zeolites
sulfur sorption
aromatics production
catalysis
thermodynamics

Work Experience:

MEMS Insight
Agilent Laboratories
HP Laboratories
Chevron Research Company

Education:

PhD and MS degrees in EECS from UC Berkeley (BSAC)

  • Fluid-Actuated Micromachined Rotors and Gears (Doctoral Dissertation)
  • Low-Temperature Silicon-Silicon Bonding with Oxides (Master's Thesis)

MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT

  • School of Chemical Engineering Practice (In lieu of Master's Thesis)
  • Limits of Superheat of Non-Ideal Binary Liquid Mixtures (Bachelor's Thesis

Patents and Publications:

Fourteen technical publications and thirty-seven patents