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A little bit about my self

My name is Scott T. Block.  I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Worked a little over a year for United Conveyor Corporation, and graduated from Texas Tech University, December 2010, in good old Lubbock, Tx, with a master's degree in Electrical EngineeringI'm currently in the middle of my 4th year at University of California at Davis in pursuit of a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Part of the Micro power Circuits and Systems group under Dr. Rajeevan!  Worked last summer (2014) as a contractor with a start up located in Berkeley, CA known as Chirp Micro Systems (it was fun and an awesome experience).  This past quarter (spring 2015) I passed my quals and now a PhD candidate, WOOT WOOT!  This summer I'm slowing a bit down and working as a part timer intern at another startup know as Picosinse.  Wish me luck, as my actual journey student for life is on going... :D! [MORE]

Bonneville Salt Flats 18th of July 2013 (research break)



[1]     NONE SO FAR :)


[1]    Li Lu, Scott T. Block, David E. Duarte, Changzhi Li “A 0.45-V MOSFETs-Based Temperature Sensor Front-End in 90 nm CMOS With a Noncalibrated ±3.5°C 3σ Relative Inaccuracy From -55°C to 105°C,” Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 60, no. 11, pp. 771-775 Nov. 2013 [pdf][IEEE]


[1]     Yiran LiLi Lu, Scott T. Block, Changzhi Li, "Temperature Characteristics of Schottky Barrier Diodes for Low-Voltage Sensing Applications," IET Electronics Letters, Volume 48, Issue 7, p.406-408, 29 March 2012 [pdf][IET][IEEE].


[4]    Ofer Rozen , Scott T. Block , Stefon E. Shelton , David A. Horsley, "Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer With Increased Output Pressure via Concentric Venting Rings," 18th International Conference on Solid-Sate Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems, Anchorage, Alaska, 21-25 June 2015 [link][pdf]

[3]    Ofer Rozen, Scott T. Block, Stefon E. Shelton, Richard J. Przybyla, David A. Horsley, "Air-Coupled Aluminum Nitride Piezolectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers at 0.3MHz to 0.9MHz," 28th IEEE Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Conference, Portugal, 18-22 Jan. 2015 [link][pdf]

[2]    Yiran, Li, Scott T. Block, Li Lu, Changzhi Li, "All-CMOS Low Voltage Temperature Sensor Front-End and Bandgap Circuit Using Bulk-Driven Technology," Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Tech Conference, Austin, Tx, Sep. 2011 [pdf]

[1]     Scott T. Block, Yiran Li, Yi Yang, Changzhi Li, “0.6-2.0 V, ALL-CMOS Temperature Sensor Front-End Using Bulk-Driven Technology,” IEEEDCAS 2010,  Dallas, TX, October 17-18, 2010. [pdf] [IEEE]

Other Gatherings:

[1]     Curren PhD students in MCSG: From left to right Andrew Chang, Erin Fong, Khadar Shaik, and Scott T. Block @ industrial affiliates day 25th of April 2014


[1]     Scott T. Block, Yiran LiChangzhi Li, “Low Voltage Temperature Sensor Front-End with Semi-Equiripple Voltage Reference,” unpublished. [pdf]

Works in Progress:

[3]    Currently working on.  Researching, designing, simulating, and building novel MEMs DC-to-DC converters.  Currently experimenting with MEMs relays built at UCBerkeley.  Dr. Alon's group [link] has been very helpful thanks to Matt [link].  I'm hoping to get relays soon from XCOM [link]... fabrication delays 

  • 24th of July, 2013 Buck Converter Test with MEMs emulation relays [MEMS_Vid3]
  • 11th of July, 2013 Relaxation Oscillator Test with MEMs emulation relays [MEMS_Vid2]
  • 26th of June, 2013 Experiment 1 test setup with MEMs emulation relays [MEMS_Vid1]
  • 15th of June, 2013 testing MEMs relays from Berkeley.  1Hz gate activation, better to watch the HD version [MEMS_Vid0]

[2]    Taking a back seat. Looking at the possibility of harvesting energy from electrostatic discharge (ESD) at the printed circuit board, microelectromechanical system, and IC levels.  Designing serval different passive and active possible methods and currently in the setup phase of my test bench for future circuit testing.

  • 21st of Feb, 2013: Messing around with Turboelectric effect [Vid7]
  • 31st of Jan, 2013: Video of Terminal Test w/ and w/o grounding 1 terminal [Vid6]
  • Video of Terminal Test with new Relay 4th of Nov., 2012 [Vid5]
  • Third Terminal Test of ESD discharge device [Vid4]
  • Current setup as of the 8th of Oct., 2012 [Vid3
  • Initial ESD discharge device tests and development [Vid0][Vid1][Vid2]

[1]   Currently on the back burner.  Looking into designing (Ultra-Low Voltage) Sub-Threshold Logic family... (some simulation, learning, and literature review).

Unfinished or Retired projects:  

[2]  No longer being pursued at this time...  Scott T. Block, Yiran Li, Changzhi Li, Semi-configurable temperature sensor using Shottky diode array.  The fabricated chip in IBM 90nm process should be arriving Nov-Dec 2011.  

[1]  No longer being pursued at this time...  Scott T. Block, Yiran Li, Changzhi Li, Semi-configurable temperature sensor using Schottky diode array.  The fabricated chip in AMI 0.5um process has arrived August 2011 (see image below).  

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