Florian Solzbacher

Professor & Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Utah

Dr. Solzbacher is Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation at the University of Utah and President and Executive Chairman of Blackrock Microsystems He has adjunct appointments in Materials Science and Bioengineering at the University of Utah. His research focuses on harsh environment microsystems and materials, including implantable, wireless microsystems for biomedical and healthcare applications, and on high temperature and harsh environment compatible micro sensors. Prof. Solzbacher received his M.Sc. EE (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University Berlin in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) from the Technical University Ilmenau in 2003. He is co-founder of several companies including Blackrock Microsystems, Blackrock Neuromed, Blackrock Europe, First Sensor Technology and several others. He was a board member and Chairman of the German Association for Sensor Technology AMA and of Sensor + Test trade show and conference from 2001 until 2009, was director of the Utah Nanofabrication Laboratory until 2013 and serves on a number of company and public private partnership advisory and reviewer boards in Europe and the US including the German Excellence Initiative, the European Research Council ERC, The Utah Governor’s Science and Technology advisory board and on international conference steering committees such as the NIH/NINDS Neural Interfaces Conference. He was Co-Chair of the 2012 NIH Neural Interfaces Conference and the 2014 COMS Conference for Commercialization of Micro and Nan