Brett Piekarski

Dr. Brett Piekarski is the Chief of the Micro & Nano Materials & Devices Branch within the Army Research Laboratory. The focus of the branch is on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology for future adaptable and reconfigurable communication and radar technologies; two-dimensional electronic materials for next generation low power, flexible, and multi-function electronics; on-chip energetic materials for efficient fuze and device protect technologies; and environmentally robust and size, weight, power, and processing constrained GPS-denied position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solutions. Dr. Piekarski is also the Cooperative Agreement Manager for ARL’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA). The CTA which is a large industry lead basic research program with 15 academic institutions performing research to enable small and collaborative autonomous systems to enable enhanced Soldier situational awareness in complex environments. While at ARL he has also served as the Manager of ARL’s Specialty Electronic Materials and Sensors Cleanroom Research Facility (2002-2008), as a MEMS Researcher in the Micro-Devices Branch (1997-2002), and as a Researcher in electronics manufacturing technologies (1988-1997). He has a BSME from North Dakota (1987), a MME from Johns Hopkins University (1992) and a Ph.D. in ME from the University of Maryland (2005).

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