Yizhong Wang,
Medical Device/Instrument Development/Manufacturing
Sensor and Actuator Research/Manufacturing

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I'm currently an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. For the past three years, I've been working on developing the world's first portable artificial pump lung system, including the design and manufacturing of blood pump and oxygen exchange membrane, and the portable console that drives the blood pump motor and provides critical parameters from the sensors. 

Before coming to maryland, I was a Sensor&Thin Film Researcher at University of Pittsburgh in Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials ScienceMicrosensor and Microactuator Lab. I finished my PhD based on DOE project "Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave CO2 monitoring system with Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite for Geological Sequestration Sites", a project which mainly involves piezoelectric sensor development including surface acoustic wave and bulk acoustic wave and thin film characterization. In the mean time, I taught MEMS1052-Heat and Mass Transfer at Pitt summer 2013 and MEMS1014 - Dynamics System at Pitt fall 2013. I also participated in various thin film sensor and actuator research projects, including ZnO thin film strain sensor and AlN micro motor, as well as nanocomposite sensor research projects such as graphene based nanocomposite strain sensor.

At Pitt, I was also working on printable sensor development where inkjet printer was used to print sensitive film with desired pattern on flexible or crystal substrate.

Before working on my PhD project, I had several different projects involving different aspects of MEMS, including sensor design, device simulation, micro fabrication, material characterization, system integration, Semiconductor packaging, design of experiments, etc.

I received the Master of Electronics Engineering in Electronics Engineering from State Key Lab of Transducer Technology at Insitute of Electronics in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and my thesis is about Arrayed-Electrode Electrophoresis Chip System for Bio-Chemical Sample Detection and Separation. In those years between 2002 and 2005, I was also a work-study research engineer at Transducer Technology, where I helped to design and manufacture Pt100, one type of resistive temperature sensing element with over 100,000 units sold every year. I was also involved in the silicone packaging development for the sensing element.

Previously, I received a BSc in Automation from Tsinghua University in Department of Automation.

Between my Ph.D and my Master education, I worked as a patent officer in State Intellectual Property Office of China. I oversaw patent applications  in G06K category, such as organic LED display (OLED) and signal processing apparatus, including some PCT applications.