Video: Thomas George on sensing underground threats and resources
From locating buried explosive devices to detecting reservoirs of oil, Thomas George discusses the challenges of finding things underground.
At the time of this interview, Thomas George was Director of Product Development, at ViaLogy LLC (Altadena, CA), responsible for developing new applications and hardware implementations for ViaLogy's patented signal processing algorithms for weak signal detection, as well as exploring opportunities for sensor fusion and IP-based sensor interoperability for advanced MEMS and NEMS devices.
Prior to joining ViaLogy, Dr. George was the manager of the MEMS Technology Group at NASA/JPL. In this position, he created and managed a multi disciplinary group consisting of 22 researchers working on the development of diverse MEMS/NEMS technologies for NASA applications. The group pursued end-to-end development from concepts to implementation in space missions. R&D efforts were directed towards effectively exploiting new phenomena at micro- and nano-scales in order to create novel sensors and actuators. He was project manager for launch of a microtechnologies-enabled "Picosatellite" from the Space Shuttle in December 2002.
Since this interview, Dr. George has left ViaLogy to pursue a new opportunity in micro-sensor development.
George received his PhD in Materials Science Engineering from UC Berkeley and has co-authored over 100 publications and 8 issued patents.
He is chair of the annual Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing.