PROF. VICTOR BRIGHT
Victor M. Bright received his BSEE degree from the University of Colorado - Denver in 1986, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Dr. Bright is the Alvah and Harriet Hovlid Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado – Boulder. From 2005 through 2007, he was the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering, and from 2009-2013 was the Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research in the Office of Research and Innovation. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, he was a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (1992-1997). During 2004 he was a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), Switzerland. Prof. Bright's research activities include nano- and micro-electro-mechanical systems (N/MEMS), silicon micromachining, microsensors/microactuators, optical, magnetic and RF microsystems, atomic-layer deposited materials, N/MEMS reliability, and N/MEMS packaging. Dr. Bright was the General Co-Chair of the IEEE MEMS 2005 International Conference, Miami, FL. He also served on the Technical Program Committees for the Transducers’03, Transducers’07, Transducers’13, IEEE/LEOS Optical MEMS 2003-2005, and Hilton Head 2008 Solid-State Sensors and Actuators Workshop. He has taught a Short Course on MEMS Packaging at Transducers’03 and Transducers’05. He was the General Technical Chair for the Transducers 2015 International Conference, Anchorage, AK. Prof. Bright is a Fellow of ASME and a Fellow of IEEE. He is the Coordinating Editor for the Micromechanics Section of the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A-Physical, Elsevier. He has over 300 publications in the field of sensors and microsystems and has advised over 50 PhD and MS graduate students during his career.
ADMINISTRATOR - KAT MICHEL
Kathryn K. Michel (Kat) received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and an A.A. in Psychology/Anthropology from Front Range Community College. She has worked in an academic setting for 17 years, 16 years with the University of Colorado and an additional year with Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During this time she has gained extensive experience in research center management, liaison work with federal agencies and industry representatives, grant preparation and administration, and knowledge of the CU financial and human resource systems. She has been the head Event Manager or Senior Event staff for several national and international conferences, both professionally and within her volunteer work. She has a journal article published in the SRA research journal, several presentations at national conferences and numerous non-juried publications to her credit both professionally and in other volunteer venues.
Kathryn supports the Bright Laboratory and MEMS Group by assisting with grant preparation, submission, and administration; as well as financial procurement and oversight duties.