Oliver Brand Memorial Technical Symposium

The Oliver Brand Memorial Technical Symposium brings together experts in MEMS research in memory of the professional achievements of Professor Oliver Brand.

The Oliver Brand Memorial Technical Symposium is held in memory of the technical achievements of Professor Oliver Brand.

Speakers include members of the Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) research community at Georgia Tech who worked closely with Brand.





Michael Filler (Interim Director, IEN, Georgia Tech)

Welcome Notes


Mark Allen (University of Pennsylvania)

Microfabricated Magnetics: From Historical Perspective to Current Efforts


Wilbur Lam (Georgia Tech/Emory)

Georgia Tech’s IEN and it’s role within NIH’s Rapid Acceleration for Diagnostics Initiative


Farrokh Ayazi (Georgia Tech)

MEMS Resonators with Small Dissipation:  Structures, Transducers and Materials




Gary Spinner (Director of Research Operations, IEN)

Driving Change: Research's Impact on Infrastructure


Luke Beardslee (Emory)

Development of a Wearable MEMS Chemical Sensing System from Device to System


Nicole Kerness (Menlo Micro)

Inventing the Ideal Ohmic Switch


Peter Hesketh (Georgia Tech)

Projects on cantilever sensors and teaching collaborations with Professor Oliver Brand



Reception to follow

Oliver Brand served as the executive director of the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology from 2014-2023. Brand spent more than 20 years as a member of the Georgia Tech faculty. In addition to leading IEN, he was a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the director of the Coordinating Office for the NSF funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as well as director of the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor, one of the 16 NNCI sites.

Brand united researchers in the fields of electronics and nanotechnology, fostering collaboration and expanding IEN to include more than 200 faculty members. In addition to his respected work in the field of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), he is remembered for his kindness, dedication, and unwavering support toward all who knew him.