Director, Microsystems Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Talk Title: "Nanotechnology at DARPA"
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) serves as the premiere Research and Development agency for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In this role, DARPA has been sponsoring work in nanotechnology for many years in the areas of materials, biology, electronics, and photonics. The exploitation of nanostructured materials and biology continues to lead to unique properties. Similarly, the development of new electronic and photonic devices whose operation is determined by sub-100 nm features is an ongoing area of research for DARPA. This talk will present current activities supported by DARPA in the field of nanotechnology and identify emerging research opportunities.
Dr. John C. Zolper was appointed the Director of the Microsystems
Technology Office (MTO) in March 2005. In this capacity,
he is responsible for the monitoring, analysis, and evaluation
of research projects directed by the MTO Program Managers.
In addition, he is responsible for the conceptual planning
necessary to lead MTO into new program areas far in advance
of the current state-of-the-art in the areas of electronics,
photonics, MEMS, component architectures, and algorithms.
Prior to being appointed Director
of MTO, he was Deputy Office Director from September 2002.
Dr Zolper first joined DARPA's Microsystems Technology
Office in October 2001 as a Program Manager. His program
responsibilities included managing the Wide Bandgap Semiconductor
Technology Initiative program thrust on High Power Electronics
and the Technology for Frequency Agile Digitally Synthesized
Transmitters (TFAST) program. He is interested in a range
of Microsystems technologies including novel semiconductor
devices and circuits, ultra high speed analog devices,
wide bandgap electrical and photonic devices, high power
electronics components, and photovoltaics.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr Zolper
was a program officer in the Electronics Division of the
Office of Naval Research. At ONR he was responsible for
managing the ONR's basic and applied research programs
in advanced electronics. His programs included several
of the premier academic and industrial teams developing
group III-Nitride and SiC electronics.
Prior to joining ONR in 1997, Dr Zolper
was a senior member of technical staff at Sandia National
Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM from 1989 to 1997 where
he developed advanced III-V semiconductor processes and
devices, including the first GaN JFET. In 1988 Dr Zolper
spent time as a post-doctoral fellow at the University
of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia working on high
efficiency silicon solar cells.
Dr. Zolper was awarded the PhD in
Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware
in 1987 and the BA in Physics from Gettysburg College
in 1982. He is the author or co-author of over 150 journal
and conference papers, seven book chapters, and holds
five US patents. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.