Derek Hansford is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and has more than eleven years of research experience on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). This experience ranges from characterization of the operational and material characteristics of silicon micromotors and microresonators to the development of complete microfabrication protocols of polymers with specifically designed functional groups. His current research involves the development of generalized microfabrication protocols for polymers as well as advanced applications of polymer, glass, and silicon microdevices for biomedical applications.
Derek serves as the Chief Scientist of Microfabrication of Nanotech West. In this role, he supervises and performs research on novel processing technologies for biomedical microdevices, including materials thin film research and device design and fabrication research. He also works with other researchers to implement their processes in the lab, and assists researchers new to microfabrication in developing microfabrication protocols.
Hansford received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999.