Piezoelectric Transducers: Strain Sensing and Energy Harvesting (and Frequency Tuning)

By Toshikazu Nishida

University of Florida

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Toshikazu (Toshi) Nishida Toshikazu (Toshi) Nishida is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He is a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group at the University of Florida. His research interests include solid-state physical sensors and actuators, transducer noise, strained semiconductor devices, and reliability physics of semiconductor devices. He and his students are currently investigating strain effects in piezoresistive microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) transducers and advanced CMOS devices, noise mechanisms in piezoresistive MEMS transducers, MEMS piezoelectric transducers for vibrational energy reclamation, MEMS capacitive microphones, and biomedical applications of MEMS.

He received his Ph.D. (1988) and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering and B.S. degree in Engineering physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With colleagues and students, he has received three best paper awards. He also received the 2003 College of Engineering Teacher of the Year award. He holds four U.S. patents.

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