january 2021

27jan1:00 pmEntrepreneur Webinar SeriesCMC Hosted Webinar

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January 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm

CMC Microsystems is happy to host a series of conversations with entrepreneurs and backers from the Canadian hardware and technology spaces.  Participants will have an opportunity to listen to key lessons learned from those who have been down the entrepreneurial path.

Speaker: Frederic Nabki, Co-Founder & CTO Spark Microsystems

Frederic Nabki received the B.Eng. degree (Hons.) in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2003 and 2010, respectively. In 2008, he joined the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he was an Associate Professor in microelectronics engineering. In 2016, he joined the École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, a constituent of the University of Quebec, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

His research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and analog, radiofrequency, and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), specifically focusing on the creation of next generation MEMS processes and devices, the integration of MEMS devices with microelectronic systems, the modeling of MEMS devices, and the design of integrated circuits such as analog to digital converters, sensor interfaces, and ultra-wideband wireless transceivers. He has coauthored two book chapters and over a hundred scientific publications. He holds 24 issued patents related to MEMS, ICs, and ICs/MEMS monolithic integration.

Through his research projects, Prof. Nabki introduced the first silicon carbide surface micromachining technology enabling above-IC resonators and transducers, a disruptive ultra-wideband wireless transceiver technology, and unique monolithic laterally movable MEMS with integrated silicon nitride waveguides for optical communication systems. These innovations are currently being commercialized by MEMS Vision inc., stemming from his Ph.D., SPARK Microsystems inc., which he co-founded and was awarded the Nokia Innovation Challenge Award in 2018 at Bell Labs, and Aeponyx inc., with which he collaborates through R&D efforts.

Prof. Nabki is a member of the Communications and Microelectronic Integration Laboratory (LACIME) at ETS. He also jointly manages the Microtechnology and Microsystems Laboratory (Micro2). He served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Montreal Section of the IEEE from 2013 to 2017, and was local arrangement chair of several international IEEE conferences held in Montreal: ISCAS 2016, NEWCAS 2012 & 2018 and Life Sciences Conference 2018. Moreover, he was a TPC member of the NEWCAS conference between 2013 and 2020.

Prof. Nabki was a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Bronze Medal, the UQAM Faculty of Science Early Career Research Award, and the IEEE Canada J.J. Archambault Merit Award. He holds or has held financial support from the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ), the Quebec Fund for Research in Nature and Technology (FRQNT), the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) of Quebec, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).



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