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William Trimmer is one of the original researchers in the field of very small micromechanical devices (also called MEMS, Micromechanics, Micro System Technology, and Micro Machines).
He organized and was Editor of the IEEE / ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems; he organized and co-chaired the first of the International series of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Conferences; he has published many of the original papers in the field; and he travels and gives talks internationally to better understand developments and trends in this new field. His IEEE Press book "Micromechanics and MEMS" is going into its second printing.
William Trimmer is presently Vice President of Technology of Standard MEMS.
In 1990 he started Belle Mead Research, Inc. (BMR). This company specializes in developing applications for micromechaniccs and MEMS, and helps market micromechanical products, evaluates potential applications, and helps other companies profit from the field.
While at Bell Laboratories (1982 to 1990) William Trimmer co-developed a technique for making very small micromechanical devices such as gears and levers. This sacrificial-structural technique is now in common usage and is called surface micromachining. He also developed a millimeter sized electrostatic motor, an optical fiber switch, a shape memory alloy actuator, and an inch-worm motor.
William Trimmer's Ph.D. thesis in Physics was an experimental test of Special Relativity (1966 to 1972). While at Wesleyan University, he was Graduate Student Body President. He taught college for five years, and was Department Chairman at the College of Wooster (1972 to 1977). At the Singer's Corporate Laboratory he was responsible for electro-optical design of sewing machine displays (1977 to 1979). He was Senior Scientist at Johnson & Johnson's Special Research Group, and helped develop an acoustical imaging system used for early detection of breast cancer (1979 to 1982). His first assignment at Bell Laboratories was transferring the light detector used for fiber optics into production (1982 to 1990). He then developed a robot for handling very small and fragile parts and transferred the robot into production. In 1985 he began a research program in micromechanics.
William Trimmer lives
with his wife Ann, and his two sons Scott and Mark, ages 18 and 15. He
likes reading, walking, gardening, and in general enjoys learning and doing