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Bio

Alexander A. Trusov, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist with a major defense / aerospace corporation in the greater Los Angeles area. His focus is on leading a portfolio of advanced technology R&D projects in the area of inertial sensors, instruments, and systems across four orders of magnitude in performance as well as C-SWAP. Dr. Trusov received B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied Mathematics and Mechanics from the Moscow State University, Russia in 2004 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2006 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 through 2012 he was a Project Scientist in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at the University of California, Irvine. While at UCI, he served as the Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-PI on half a dozen DoD sponsored projects, developing and overseeing a research program with a $2 M/year budget and 10 researchers. Dr. Trusov was the lead inventor and developer of the Quad Mass Gyroscope (QMG) achieving a measured 1.2 million Q-factor and sub-deg/h performance with interchangeable rate, whole angle, frequency modulated, and self-calibration modes of operation. He was also a PI on the efforts that introduced and successfully developed folded MEMS IMUs, frequency modulated MEMS IMU architectures, as well as wafer-level glassblown quartz and ULE 3-D resonators and hemispherical gyroscopes with demonstrated atomic smoothness, sub-1 Hz frequency symmetry, and ultra low dissipation.

Dr. Trusov's research interests include conceptualization, design, modeling, fabrication, and vacuum packaging of micromachined systems and inertial instruments, multi-sensor signal processing and system software architecture development, design of characterization experiments, and performance data analysis. Dr. Trusov has published over 75 journal and conference papers and has 11 issued U.S. patents (half a dozen more pending) on these topics. His work on low dissipation MEMS sensors toward navigation grade performance received an Outstanding Paper award at Transducers 2011, the Design Contest award at System-on-Chip Conference 2011, the Best Paper award at IMAPS Device Packaging Conference (DPC) 2012, and an Outstanding Paper award nomination at Transducers 2013. He has served on technical program committees for IMAPS DPC 2011-2013, Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) 2014-2015, IEEE Inertial Sensors conference 2014-2016, IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2014, and the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers) 2015. He is also a reviewer for major journals in the fields of MEMS, sensors, and measurement science. Dr. Trusov is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Navigation (ION), as well as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Awards and Media Features

  • My work on self-calibration of high performance Quad Mass Gyro has received an an Outstanding Paper award nomination at the Transducers 2013 conference in Barcelona, Spain.
  • My work on high-Q inertial MEMS sensors with temperature self-calibration has received a Best Paper Award at the 2012 IMAPS DPC conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • My photograph of a 3-D spherical gyroscope fabrication by wafer-level glassblowing was chosen for the UCI School of Engineering 2012 holiday card.
  • My work on multiaxis FM based single-chip inertial MEMS has received first place at the 9th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference. 
  • Several of my projects have been featured in theUCI CalIt2 Interface magazine. link: http://www.calit2.uci.edu/uploads/Labs/INTERFACE_Fall_2011_final_1.pdf.
  • My work on high-Q MEMS gyroscopes has received an Outstanding Paper Award at Transducers 2011 conference in China. Only 7 papers out of 700 accepted papers received this selective recognition.
  • My photograph of a 3-D spherical gyroscope fabricated by wafer-level glassblowing was chosen for the UCI School of Engineering 2011 holiday card.
  • Several of my projects have been featured on the UCI's School of Engineering website. link: http://www.eng.uci.edu/image/gallery.
  • My 2008 Sensors and Actuators A journal paper [PDF] on robust gyroscope with a coupled sense-mode was included in the top 25 hottest by number of downloads for October to December 2009, [link].
  • My photograph of an SOI wafer fabricated during my Ph.D. work was features in an industry whitepaper on advanced substrates, link.
  • My work and several optical and SEM images were featured in a new book on MEMS gyroscopes by Cenk Acar and Andrei Shkel, link.
  • My work on a stand-alone DSP board for flexible characterization of mems gyroscopes was highlighted in the IEEE Sensors Council newsletter, http://ewh.ieee.org/tc/sensors/Newsletters/Number6/DSP-IEEE-forweb5.doc.
  • My industry-sponsored R&D project was highlighted on the UCI website in a dedicated article titled "Auto safety device designed by UCI engineers," link.
  • My micro-fabrication work was featured in the Orange County Register in April 2007. Please check pictures #5 and #6: Article, Slideshow, Video.
  • Holmes Endowed fellowship in the area of Technology and Theory of Navigational and Guidance Devices for Flight Vehicles for Angle Measuring MEMS Gyroscope, UC Irvine, 2004-2005.

Community Service

  • Treasurer, IEEE Inertial Sensors conference 2014-2016.
  • Program committee member for the IEEE International Sensors conference 2014-2016.
  • Committee member on 2 Ph.D. dissertation defenses amd 1 Ph.D. qualification exam at UC Irvine during 2013-2014. 
  • Program committee member for the Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) 2014-2016.
  • Program committee member for the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers) 2015.
  • Co-chair of the Low-Cost Inertial Sensor Technologies session at the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2014.
  • Member of MEMS & Associated Microsystems Organizing Committee, IMAPS Device Packaging conference 2011, 2012, and 2013. 
  • Peer-reviewed 90 journal paper and 21 conference paper submissions in the fields of MEMS, inertial sensors and systems, and signal processing:
    • 23 papers reviewed for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. The high quality of my review was acknowledged by a personal letter and a JMEMS lapel pin from the JMEMS editor-in-chief, Professor Muller.
    • 17 paper reviewed for the Elsevier Sensors and Actuators A: Physical Journal.
    • 13 papers reviewed for the IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.
    • 11 papers reviewed for the IOP Measurement Science and Technology Journal.
    • 12 papers reviewed for the IEEE Sensors journal.
    • 1 paper reviewed for the IOP Smart Materials and Structures Journal.
    • 1 paper reviewed for the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurment.
    • 2 paper reviewed for the MicroSystems Technologies journal.
    • 1 paper reviewed for the Review of Scientific Instruments.
    • 6 paper reviewed for the MDPI Sensors journal.
    • 1 paper reviewed for the IOP/SISSA Journal of Instrumentation (JINST).
    • 1 paper reviewed for the Mathematical Problems in Engineering.
    • 1 paper reviewed for the SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3).
    • 10 abstracts reviewed for IEEE Inertial 2016. 
    • 4 abstracts reviewed for IEEE ISISS 2015.
    • 5 abstracts reviewed for IEEE ISISS 2014.
    • 2 papers reviewed for the ASME IDETC 2007 conference.

                        Education

                        • Fall 2006 - Spring 2009
                          • Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2009.
                          • Dissertation: "Investigation of Factors Affecting Bias Stability and Scale Factor Drifts
                            in Coriolis Vibratory MEMS Gyroscopes."
                        • Fall 2004 - Summer 2006
                          • M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2006.
                          • Thesis: "Nonlinear Effects in Control of Capacitive Resonant Microstructures."
                        • Fall 1999 - Spring 2004
                          • B.S./M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Moscow State University, Russia, 2004.
                          • Thesis: "Feasibility Analysis of Vibratory Gyroscope in Vestibular Prosthesis Prototype."

                        Professional Societies

                        • Member: ION, ASME.
                        • Senior member: IEEE.

                        Bio for Journal Papers

                        Alexander A. Trusov (M’06, SM'14), Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist with a major defense / aerospace corporation in the greater Los Angeles area, where he leads an advanced technology R&D portfolio in navigation sensors, instruments, and systems spanning four orders in magnitude in performance and SWAP+C. Dr. Trusov received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied mathematics and mechanics from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), CA, USA, in 2006 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 through 2012, he was a Project Scientist in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at UCI, where he served as the PI and a co-PI on more than half a dozen DoD sponsored projects. Dr. Trusov's research interests include conceptualization, design, modeling, fabrication, and vacuum packaging of micromachined systems and inertial instruments, multi-sensor signal processing and system software architecture development, design of characterization experiments, and performance data analysis. He has published over 75 journal and conference papers and has 11 issued U.S. patents on these topics. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award at Transducers 2011, the Design Contest Award at the System-on-Chip Conference 2011, and the Best Paper Award at the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference 2012. He has served on technical program committees for IMAPS Device Packaging Conference 2011-2013, Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) 2014-2015, IEEE Inertial Sensors conference 2014-2016, IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2014, and the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers) 2015. He is also a reviewer for major journals in the fields of MEMS, sensors, and measurement science. He is a member of the ASME and ION, and a senior member of IEEE.

                        Bio for Introductions

                        Alexander A. Trusov, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist with a major defense / aerospace corporation in the greater Los Angeles area, where he leads an advanced technology R&D portfolio in navigation sensors, instruments, and systems spanning four orders in magnitude in performance and C-SWAP. He has published close to a hundred papers, has 11 issued U.S. patents, and was a recipient of the best paper award at several international conferences. Dr. Trusov serves on technical program committees for various IEEE and ION conferences. He is a member of the ASME and ION and a senior member of the IEEE.