Dr. Mary Ann Maher received her PhD from Caltech in 1989 in the area of semiconductor device modeling developing a new charge-based transistor model. At Caltech, she conducted research in the area of neuromorphic systems, analog circuits and transistor modeling. She pursued post doctoral studies at the CSEM in Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she studied analog memories and designed low power analog ICs with on-chip sensors for artificial vision applications. At Tanner Research she began the simulation and modeling group and launched Tanner’s T-Spice analog circuit simulator product. She then became the Software Architect responsible for specifications for layout, routing, simulation, analysis, schematic and viewing design tools. As Director of Advanced Products, she brought to market Tanner’s MEMS Pro microsystem and MCM Pro multi-chip module and packaging design tool suites. Moving to MEMSCAP, she became the company’s CTO and later the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Design Automation Business Unit. In 2004, she started SoftMEMS, LLC, the maker of the popular microsystems design tools – MEMS Pro and MEMS Xplorer, where she serves as CEO.