MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts, January 18, 2012 — Qualtré, the leading developer of next generation silicon MEMS inertial sensors, announced the appointment of Dr. Ijaz Jafri to the position of Vice President, Engineering. Ijaz brings more than sixteen years of experience in the areas of MEMS and semiconductor product realization. Dr. Jafri’s expertise spans inertial MEMS, optical MEMS, radio frequency MEMS, microfluidics, MEMS relays/switches and gas sensors. He will be responsible for all aspects of development and commercialization of Qualtré’s innovative solutions for the inertial sensing market.
Prior to joining Qualtré, Dr. Ijaz Jafri served in key engineering leadership positions at Honeywell International (Sensing, Guidance and Navigation Center of Excellence), Corning Inc. (Electromechanical Design and Applications), and GT Equipment Technologies / GT Solar (Research and Development). In addition, Dr. Jafri has served as an investigator on US Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Standards and Technology funded programs. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified with proven expertise in the areas of integrated product development, production transition, and production support. He received a Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology. He has numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and currently holds seventeen US patents.
“Ijaz comes to Qualtré with a proven track record in MEMS and inertial sensing technology productization. He also brings skills in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to create innovative MEMS products,” said Edgar Masri, Qualtré’s CEO and President. “His record of success will immediately help accelerate our development efforts and bring the innovation of our unique sensor designs and process technology to exciting new products for motion sensing.”
Founded in 2008, Qualtré is a venture-backed company commercializing the next generation of solid-state silicon MEMS motion sensor solutions. Qualtré’s innovation addresses the real challenges of the inertial sensor market, by combining the performance advantages of the high frequency mode-matched BAW sensor designs and the cost and size scalability of the HARPSS™ process to deliver the best value in inertial sensors for demanding applications. The company’s product development efforts build upon years of research conducted by its founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Farrokh Ayazi, at Georgia Tech’s renowned Integrated MEMS Laboratory. The company is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.