Albert Pisano, BS '76, MS '77, PhD '81
Albert (Al) P. Pisano is a Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) and previously served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, having been appointed in July 2004. He joined the University of California in 1983. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. At UCB, Professor Pisano holds the FANUC Chair of Mechanical Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has previously served as Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory, the largest organized research unit on the UC Berkeley campus. Professor Pisano received his B.S. (1976), M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he held research positions with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Singer Sewing Machines Corporate R&D Center, and General Motors Research Labs. From 1997-1999, he served as Program Manager for the MEMS program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA, where he expanded the MEMS research portfolio to 83 contracts awarded nationwide with a total MEMS research expenditure in excess of $163 million distributed over 3 fiscal years. His research interests and activities at UC Berkeley include MEMS for a wide variety of applications, including RF components, power generation, drug delivery, strain sensors, biosensors and disk-drive actuators. Professor Pisano is the co-inventor listed on 20 patents in MEMS and has authored or co-authored more than 190 archival publications. Since 1983 he has graduated 33 Ph.D. and 64 MS students. He is a founder in five start-up companies in the area of transdermal drug delivery, transvascular drug delivery, sensorized catheters, MEMS manufacturing equipment and MEMS RF devices. At Columbia, Prof. Pisano studied under the mentorship of Professor Ferdinand Freudenstein.