Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
Prof. Lal obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in ultrasonic MEMS. He is now the Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds more than 35 patents and has published more than 190 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. He has served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and the Whitaker Foundation Award. With his students he has won several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.