Director, Ronald A. Coutu, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Cleanroom Director at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), OH. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993, his M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo in 1995 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from AFIT in 2004. In 2009, he retired from active duty Air Force after serving honorably for 25 years. He is a California-registered Professional Engineer in electrical engineering and a Senior Member of the IEEE and SPIE. He is also a Life Member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. His current research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), smart sensors, device fabrication, micro-electrical contacts and phase-change materials. He is also very interested in energy harvesting, renewable energy, micro-grids and energy storage.