“Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Service”
ECE Professor Amit Lal received the Office of the Secretary of DefenseAward for Exceptional Service thru his service as Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office) Defense Advanced ResearchProjects Agency (DARPA). From October 2005 through September 2009, Dr. Lal led DARPA's pioneering work in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) into a wide variety of applications. His leadership in MEMS harnessed the power of miniaturization and atomic physics to construct microscale sensors and gyroscopes that will enable precision navigation for individual soldiers and unmanned air and underwater vehicles in GPS-limited environments. He started several new areas of research including, metamorphosis based bio-electrical interfaces to insects for a new class of hybrid devices, and ultralow power nano-electromechanical switches. These accomplishments of Dr. Lal bring recognition to his research, DARPA, and Cornell ECE.
Dr. Lal joined the faculty at Cornell University during July of 2002. Prof. Lal is a member of the Cornell Nanobiotechnology Center and the Cornell Biomedical Engineering Department. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).