Jim Knutti, Ph.D., President / CEO, Acuity Incorporated

Dr. Jim Knutti is co-founder and President/CEO of Acuity Incorporated, a fabless supplier of MEMS based precision low-pressure sensors. Acuity uses the latest MEMS technology to overcome stability, reliability and performance limits of previous sensor components. These next generation sensors satisfy the need for tighter performance in existing markets and provide the basis for new components, system level products, and markets.

He was previously co-founder and President/CEO of Silicon Microstructures, Inc. (SMI) for 15 years, growing the company from a start-up to a major MEMS product supplier. SMI developed several unique markets including medical and industrial parts based on industry-leading precision low-pressure sensors, ultra-small die for tire pressure and consumer markets, co-integrated pressure sensors and high-volume SOIC packages.

Prior to that, he was co-founder and President of Transensory Devices, which merged to become IC Sensors. In the 1980’s, IC Sensors was a pioneering company in commercializing MEMS devices. As President he lead the company to develop several early MEMS markets and products, including initial disposable blood pressure sensors, high-volume pressure sensors and the first high-volume accelerometer suitable for air-bags (including self testing), and prototypes of several key MEMS structures, including optical mirrors, micro-valves and fluidics, precision accelerometers, micro-relays, micro-switches, and biochemical structures.

Dr. Knutti received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Mike Mignardi, Ph.D., Manager, Energy Harvesting, Texas Instruments

Bio coming soon.

Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

Karen Lightman played a pivotal role in launching MEMS Industry Group (MIG) in January 2001. In June 2007 she became MIG’s managing director. Ms. Lightman is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting the commercialization of MEMS across global markets. She spearheads strategic growth for MIG, implementing a cohesive vision through programs, events and international partner programs which advance the MEMS industry.

Ms. Lightman joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Ms. Lightman holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.