In trying to find a core theme to my week amongst the international elite MEMS academe in Cancun I struggled with a one-liner to describe what I saw, heard and experienced. “What happens at IEEE MEMS, stays at IEEE MEMS” kept popping into my head. I’ve never been to IEEE MEMS (gasp) though MIG’s founding was announced at IEEE MEMS ten years ago (in Luzerne Switzerland); but I was seven months pregnant with my first child and hesitant to make the journey there. So in preparation for IEEE MEMS 2011 in Cancun, my expectations were relatively low (to be honest) in terms of networking with the industry/business folks in MEMS. I was there (or so I thought) simply to run a workshop with NIST on MEMS testing protocols/standards.
Hombre, I was totally wrong. In fact, I was really impressed with the mix of academics (truly the best of the best in the world) and the business folks who attended (again, from around the world). While working the booth with my fav NIST colleagues, Michael Gaitan and Richard Allen I had a great time meeting and greeting several business technologists (working in end-use markets) who were new to the industry and attended IEEE MEMS also for the first time, to learn more about MEMS. I was thrilled to learn that many of these folks recognized the MIG logo and were aware of a few of our programs (hooray! our marketing is working!).