Darrin J. Young

Solid-State Sensors and Actuators


University of Utah
Electrical and Computer Engineering
50 S Central Campus Dr
RM 3280
Salt Lake City UT 84112
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Darrin J. Young received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California at Berkeley in 1991, 1993, and 1999, respectively. Dr. Young pioneered the research work in MEMS-based, high-Q, tunable capacitors and on-chip 3-D coil inductors for low phase noise RF voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) design for wireless communication applications. His doctoral thesis work demonstrated the first RF-CMOS VCO employing on-chip high-Q passive devices achieving the stringent GSM phase noise requirements. Between 1991 and 1993, he worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, where he designed a shared memory system for a DSP-based multiprocessor architecture. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked at Rockwell Semiconductor Systems in Newport Beach, California, where he designed silicon bipolar RF analog circuits for cellular telephony applications. During this time period he was also at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working on the design and fabrication of three-dimensional RF MEMS coil inductors for wireless communications. Dr. Young joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University in 1999 as an assistant professor. In 2009 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah as an USTAR associate professor, where he currently serves as an associate department chair. His interests include micro-electro-mechanical systems design, fabrication, and integrated circuits design for wireless sensing, biomedical implant, communication and general industrial applications as well as commercialization of wireless microsystems. He has published many technical papers in journals and conferences, and served as a technical program committee member and session chair for a number of international conferences. Dr. Young was an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and chair of the IEEE Electron Devices Society MEMS Committee.