MEMS are important elements to smart phones, wearable electronics and entertainment consoles. In the automotive industry, MEMS can be used in pressure sensors, air bags, tire pressure monitoring and other safety features. Thanks to these far-reaching applications, economic research predicts that the MEMS market will reach $26 billion by 2022.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Florida Institute of Technology’s Steven Shaw $300,000 to develop techniques that will contribute to the design and optimization of specific micro-electro-mechanical-systems that use resonant vibrations. Potential applications include time-keeping, frequency conversion, and inertial sensors.