ECE Florida Professor David Arnold has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This honor recognizes his work developing novel materials, the co-invention of MEMS microphone array technology, the 34 patents he holds, and multiple licensed technologies developed at UF.
Dr. Arnold’s inventions have directly impacted the MEMS/semiconductor industry and, in some small measure, nearly every person in the modern world. His MEMS microphone packaging technology is used in billions of consumer electronic devices and his microphone array technology is a critical component of smart speakers and mobile phones.
Dr. Arnold is the George Kirkland Engineering Leadership Professor as well the associate chair for faculty affairs for the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. For much of his career, as a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group, Dr Arnold’s research has focused on micro/nanostructured magnetic materials, magnetic microsystems, electromechanical transducers, and miniaturized power/energy systems. His more recent work in wireless power and energy harvesting led to his involvement with the NSF Internet of Things for Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Engineering Research Center, where he is the innovation ecosystem director & UF site director.
The National Academy of Inventors, which honors and promotes academic invention, selected 162 distinguished academic inventors as a part of its 2023 class, who together hold 4,600 patents. This designation honors investigators who have brought significant research to market and patented highly effective technologies.
Dr. Arnold joins fellow ECE Florida inductees Dr. Mark Tehranipoor and Dr. José Príncipe.
The full list of 2023 inductees can be found here.