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Leslie Field, Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Dr. Leslie Field founded the MEMS Insight consulting firm in January 2002. A few years later Dr. Field Founded and is the Managing Member of SmallTech Consulting, LLC, which has an interdisciplinary team of 18 consultants, most at the Ph.D. level, with specializations including MEMS, Microfluidics, Optics, Nanotech, Materials, Physics, Chemistry, EE, Chem E, Proteomics, IP, Due Diligence and Management.

Through both MEMS Insight and SmallTech Consulting, Dr. Field continues to provide consulting services to a broad spectrum of companies for technical and strategic projects. Much of her current and recent work involves invention and development of MEMS devices and systems for medical applications.

She also serves as a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches a graduate-level seminar course in "Engineering and Climate Change", and she founded and runs Ice911 Research Corporation, an environmental non-profit.

Dr. Field worked in MEMS R&D at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories/Agilent Laboratories and during her decade there played a key role in starting HP Labs' Micromechanics group, while also working on a variety of MEMS projects and devices.

Her earlier work at Chevron Research Company resulted in improved commercial catalytic refining methods for high-octane blend-stocks and aromatics production.

Leslie earned PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley's Sensor & Actuator Center, and MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She has 42 issued US patents, 17 pending patent applications and 18 technical publications to her credit. She serves on professional technical and awards committees and does volunteer work in education.

Specialties: MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) - design, prototyping, IP; microfluidics, valves, switches, biomedical devices, energy; Electrical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; catalysis; climate change; education.