Karl Böhringer is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering with adjunct appointments in Computer Science & Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University and his Diplom-Informatiker degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. During his dissertation work on distributed micromanipulation he designed, built, and tested multiple micro actuator arrays at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. He also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Stanford Robotics Lab and Transducer Lab, where he collaborated on research in MEMS cilia arrays. From 1996 to 1998 he investigated techniques for parallel micro self assembly as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
His current interests include micromanipulation and microassembly, as well as biomedical implants and bioMEMS for single-cell genomics and proteomics. At the University of Washington, he is a member of the Center for Nanotechnology and the NIH Microscale Life Sciences Center. He leads the UW portion of the DARPA Center for Interfacial Engineering of Microelectromechanical Systems (CIEMS). His Ph.D. thesis was nominated for the ACM doctoral dissertation award. He received an NSF postdoctoral associateship in 1997, an NSF CAREER award in 1999, and was an NSF New Century Scholar in 2000. His work was featured among the Top 100 Science Stories in Discover Magazine’s “Year in Science” in January 2003. He received the 2004 Academic Early Career Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.