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From Inventor to Engineer

  • June 2, 2011

Jason Clark has an innate curiosity of how the world works. As a youngster, his curiosity led him to build a working-scale model of a volcano — on top of his mother's prized dining table. Mother was not amused. Clark's curiosity is now more focused. The enthusiastic young professor with the mega-watt smile received his B.S. in Physics from the California State University, East Bay in 1996, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. In time, his interests moved away from rickety model volcanoes to complex engineered systems. He is now developing a computationally efficient, multidisciplinary, computer-aided engineering tool for micro- and nano-scale systems. In addition, he is developing measurement tools for the extraction of nano-scale geometry and material properties. Clark has held positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; the Berkeley National Laboratory; Coventor; the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center; the UC Berkeley Biomedical Microdevices Center; and Wayne State University. He is the inventor of Electro Micro Metrology and the key developer of a CAD for MEMS package. He joined Purdue University in August 2006.

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Name: Jason Clark

Age: 43

Institution: Purdue University

Field of study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

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