"It is great to continue working with many familiar people I consider friends"
My name is Simon Bleiker, and I am a postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm has been my home for almost 10 years, a time I’ve spent obtaining my PhD in Micro and Nanotechnology, broadening my horizon in the space industry where I worked on microsatellites, and now continuing my research on nano-electromechanical (NEM) devices.
Originally, I come from Switzerland, just outside of Zurich, where I spent my school years and later studied electrical engineering at ETH Zurich. However, my family roots lie deep in the Alps, and I still very much enjoy being surrounded by mountains whenever I can visit.
I am the work package leader for WP5, which deals with integration and packaging of the ZeroAMP NEM switches. In practice this means that it is my job to combine all the process steps performed by different project partners into one coherent sequence and to ensure that we can fabricate working NEM devices. At KTH we have a big cleanroom lab, and we also preform a substantial part of the NEM switch fabrication here.
I have been part of the predecessor project to ZeroAMP, called NEMIAC, where I have worked on fabrication and integration of very similar NEM switch technologies. The ZeroAMP project is a direct continuation of my previous research, and I hope to bring a lot of valuable experience to the team that is directly applicable to our tasks in ZeroAMP.
I enjoy interacting so closely with all the other project partners, exchanging ideas and expertise, solving problems, and working towards the same goal. Having worked on some of the predecessor projects to ZeroAMP, it is great to continue working with many familiar people I consider friends, as well as welcoming new smart and talented people to the team.
It is exciting to see the NEM switch technology improve continuously and to mature into a very promising technology for the future.