Research Dr. Andrei M. Shkel has been on faculty at the University of California, Irvine since 2000. From 2009 to 2013, he was on leave from academia serving as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Shkel has been on a number of editorial boards, most recently as Editor of IEEE/ASME Journal of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (JMEMS) and the founding chair of the IEEE Inertial Sensors (INERTIAL). Dr. Shkel has been awarded in 2013 the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the 2009 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, and the 2005 NSF CAREER award. His professional interests, reflected in over 200 publications, two books, and 29 U.S. Patents, include high performance inertial sensors, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and implantable vestibular prosthetics. Dr. Shkel is the IEEE Fellow.