Kurt Petersen is a serial entrepreneur who has helped build the MEMS industry. Since 1982 he has co-founded six MEMS companies: Transensory Devices in 1982, NovaSensor in 1985 (now owned by GE), Cepheid in 1996 (now a public company), SiTime in 2004, Profusa in 2008, and Verreon in 2009 (acquired by Qualcomm). He has his own consulting company KP-MEMS.
Between 1975 and 1982 Petersen established a micromachining research group at IBM and wrote an important review paper that was published by the IEEE in 1982: Silicon as a Mechanical Material. In April 2013 Petersen joined the board of directors of Innovative Micro Technology Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.) a foundry manufacturer of MEMS components.
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