Dr. Michel Despont received a Ph.D. in physics from the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 1996 with a dissertation on the microfabrication of electron microlenses for a miniaturized electron microscope. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the IBM Research – Zurich laboratory in 1996, where he worked on cantilever-based sensors and pioneered the process development of an ultra-thick, high-aspect-ratio UV resist called SU-8, he spent one year as a visiting scientist at the Seiko Instrument Research Laboratory in Japan. At his return to IBM Research Zurich, his work focused on the development of micro- and nanomechanical devices as well as on 3-D microdevice integration for system on chip (SOC) applications. In 2005, he was appointed manager and led the nanofabrication group. Since 2013, Dr Despont is currently employed by the Swiss Centre of Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) as Vice-President of the MEMS program and manager of the Emerging Micro&Nano Technologies section in the Micro&Nano Systems division where he is responsible for CSEM’s research strategy for the activities in MEMS and Packaging as well as where he is actively involved in R&D projects related to those topics.
Dr. Despont holds more than 35 patents, authored five book chapters and more than 115 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is a senior member of the IEEE society, member of the Swiss MNT Network, member of the executive Committee of the Nano-Tera.CH research program, member of the International Steering Committees of the MEMS conference and of the Micro and NanoEngineering conference (MNE).