MSEC 2018_Nicole Kerness _BIO

Nicole Kerness—MSEC Committee Member
Vice President Sensor Design, Technology, and Advanced Development
Kionix 

Nicole Kerness joined Kionix as VP of Sensor Design and Technology from the Advanced R&D team at Maxim Integrated. As an Executive Director at Maxim Integrated, Nicole managed a team focused on Optical Sensor Integration and wafer level packaging of those sensors. These have been used in applications such as ambient light sensing, RGB, proximity, gesture, UV and heart rate sensors. Additional areas of research have been in bio and environmental sensors. She was responsible for technology development for sensor strategy and brought multiple new sensor and technologies to high volume production. 

At SMI she led the engineering team as Vice President of Product Engineering responsible for a wide range of sensors: pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, and several other devices. In this role, she managed engineers to develop, improve, and sustain the product portfolio primarily pressure sensors (both die and packaged parts) for automotive, medical and industrial applications. She was responsible for sensor design, simulation, characterization, packaging, test, and development. 

She was a postdoc at Stanford University after earning her PhD at ETH Zurich. Her Master of Engineering was from Cornell University and BS in Engineering Physics from RPI. She is the co-inventor on 20 U.S. patents/patent applications.