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Nicole Kerness

Ph.D., Seniour Director, Product Management
QST Solutions

Nicole Kerness is the senior director of product management at QST solutions working on gyroscope and accelerometer systems. At Kionix she managed 3 teams working on new sensor development and prototyping through production launch in accelerometers and gyroscopes internally and with outside foundries. Prior to Kionix, she was an Executive Director at Maxim Integrated in Advanced R and D. At Maxim Integrated she focused on Optical Sensor Integration and wafer-level packaging of those sensors. These have been used in applications such as in ambient light sensing, RGB, proximity, gesture, UV and heart rate sensors. Additional areas of research was in bio and environmental sensors. She lead sensor strategy, authored/coauthored numerous patents and brought multiple new technologies to high volume production. At SMI, she leads the engineering team as Vice President of Product Engineering. In this role, she managed engineers to develop, improve, and sustain the product portfolio primarily pressure sensors (both die and packaged parts) for automotive, medical and industrial applications. She was responsible for sensor design, simulation, characterization, packaging, test, and development. She completed her Ph.D. in Engineering Physics at ETH Zurich, MS in nuclear science and engineering from Cornell University and BS in Engineering Physics from RPI in Troy, NY.

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