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Martin Afromowitz


Martin Afromowitz
Professor
Microfabrication, sensor systems, optical devices & applications, medical instrumentation, patent litigation support
426 EE/CSE
Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543-6244
E-mail: afromowitz@ee.washington.edu

Columbia University 1969 PhD
Columbia University 1966 MS
Columbia University 1965 BS


Biosketch

Dr. Afromowitz is the senior professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and has been doing research and teaching there since 1974.

Prior to his academic career, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at the Murray Hill (NJ) Bell Telephone Laboratories, working in the groups developing the first red and green light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and the GaAs heterostructure laser.

Prof. Afromowitz teaches courses in electricity & magnetism, integrated circuit fabrication, optical fiber technology, semiconductor photonics, and a seminar on professional issues (career choices, personal & corporate ethics, intellectual property, and globalization.)

He holds twelve patents in the general area of sensors and microfabrication. As a consultant to industry, he has worked on optical fiber sensors for acceleration, pressure, temperature, electric field, and pH, physical measurements of gases, including flow, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and viscosity. He also developed an optical fiber sensor for monitoring the curing of thermoset resins. Other research interests include infrared imaging, three-dimensional lithography and microfluidics. As an expert witness, he has supported patent litigation and analysis of medical instrumentation problems.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Enertechnix, Inc.

Specific Areas of Expertise

Electrical Engineering Lasers, Optics & Devices Bio/Med Engineering
Sensors and Sensing Systems
IC Chip Fabrication
Lithography
Electromagnetics/RF Systems
Industrial Applications
Patent Litigation Support
Fiber Optics, Micro-Optics
Photonics Devices
Imaging Systems
MEMS Systems
Laser Applications
Laser Safety / Forensics
Bio-medical Devices
Burn Wounds
Catheter Devices
Medical Lasers
Equipment Failure
Ultrasonics / Phaco

 

Honors

NIH Research Career Development Award, 8/77 - 7/82

Research Interests

Three-dimensional microfabrication technologies, specifically for micro-optic and microfluidic applications; sensors, laser applications and bio-medical instrumentation.

Patents

“Ion-Sensitive Electrode and Processes for Making the Same,” M. A. Afromowitz and S. S. Yee; U.S. Patent #4,133,735 issued 1/9/79.

“Inclinometer Having Two Degrees of Freedom,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #4,627,172 issued 12/9/86.

“Apparatus and Method for Measuring Electric Field,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #4,730,109 issued 3/8/88.

“Method of Monitoring Solidification of a Liquid Composition,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #4,904,080 issued 2/27/90.

“Method of Monitoring Solidification of a Liquid Composition,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #5,009,102 issued 4/ 23/91.

“Apparatus and Method for Determining Physiologic Characteristics of Body Lumens,” M. A. Afromowitz, Roger A. Wolthuis, and Gordon Mitchell; U.S. Patent #5,275,169 issued 1/4/94.

“Micropumps with Fixed Valves,” F. K. Forster, R. L. Bardell, A. P. Blanchard, M. A. Afromowitz and N. R. Sharma; U.S. Patent #5,876,187 issued 3/2/99.

“Processes for Fabricating 3-D Structures with Smoothly-Varying Topographic Features in Photo-Sensitized Epoxy Resists,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #6,635,412 issued 10/21/03.

“Sensing System for Detection and Control of Deposition on Pendant Tubes in Recovery and Power Boilers,” G. Kychakoff, M. A. Afromowitz and R. E. Hogle; U.S. Patent #6,909,816 issued 6/21/05.

“Fabrication of Molds and Mold Components using a Photolithographic Technique and Structures Made Therefrom,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #7,045,089 issued 5/16/06.

“3-D Structures with Smoothly-Varying Topographical Features in Photo-Sensitive Epoxy Resists,” M. A. Afromowitz; U.S. Patent #7,303,853 issued 12/4/2007.

“Sensing System for Detection and Control of Deposition on Pendant Tubes in Recovery and Power Boilers,” G. Kychakoff, M. A. Afromowitz and R. E. Hogle; U.S. Patent #7,437,025 issued 10/14/08.

 

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