Dr. Sam Kassegne holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests are in the areas of MEMS, polymer photovoltaic technology, bionanoelectronics, and NeuroMEMS. His lab has a strong focus on developing the next generation of integrated micro- and nano-lithography technology for a variety of application areas.  Dr. Kassegne has an extensive industrial experience in MEMS, biotech and computational sciences acquired through his employment at Nanogen, Microfabrica and Bentley Systems in Southern California. He also has consulted for Nokia, SAIC, Nevada NanoTech, NexoGen, OxyHeal, ERC, OmniTech, OHOA, KeyMark Engineering, Game Changers, SEFS, Cooley LLP, and Corning/Intellisense. Further, as evidenced by the breadth and depth of his publication records and the companies he has consulted for, Dr. Kassegne has a unique engineering background that spans a variety of engineering disciplines. Dr. Kassegne’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, DoE, DoD (SPAWAR), San Diego Foundation, Amco, and others.