Born in Santa Fe, N.M., Lukas earned his B.S. in physics from the University of New Mexico in 2006. His area of study is microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Using fabrication techniques borrowed from the semiconductor industry, MEMS incorporate electronic functionality with moving parts tiny machines. In particular, Lukas works with piezoelectric acoustic transducers. These devices convert acoustic (sound) energy into electrical energy and vise versa and have a wide range of applications. Currently his focus is a MEMS microphone array for audio range detection, and high-overtone bulk acoustic resonators (HBAR) for frequency reference or RF filtering.
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