Dr. Ronald A. Coutu, Jr., P.E.


V. Clayton Lafferty Endowed Chair
EHall 248
(414) 288-7316

Complete CV


Research Interests

  • microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • smart sensors
  • device fabrication
  • micro-electrical contacts
  • phase change materials
  • energy harvesting
  • renewable energy
  • micro-grids
  • energy storage

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 2004, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
M.S., 1995, Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University 
B.S., 1993 , Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Selected Recent Publications

*Glauvitz, N.E., Coutu, Jr., R.A., Medvedev, I.R. and Petkie, D.T., “MEMS Cantilever-based Design for Terahertz Photoacoustic Sensor,” IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 216-223, February 2015. (DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2014.2327916) -
(# 1.754)

*Lake, R.A. and Coutu, Jr., R.A., “Using Cross-linked SU-8 to Flip-Chip Bond, Assemble and Package MEMS Devices,” IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 301-306, March 2015. (DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2015.2395999) -
(# 1.180)

Ren, W.,*Chang, C, *Chen, Y., Xue, S. and Coutu, Jr., R.A., “Investigation of the Surface Adhesion Phenomena and Mechanism of Gold-Plated Contacts at Superlow Making/Breaking Speed,” IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 771-778, 2015. (DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2015.2431494) - (# 1.180)

*Gwin, A.H., *Kodama, C.H., *Laurvick, T.V. and Coutu, Jr.,R.A., “Improved terahertz modulation using germanium telluride (GeTe) chalcogenide thin films,” Applied Physics Letters, vol. 107 no. 031904, pp. 1-4, (July 2015). (DOI: 10.1063/1.4927272) - (# 3.302)

Coutu, Jr., R.A., Medvedev, I.R. and Petkie, D.T., “Improved Sensitivity MEMS Cantilever Sensor for Terahertz Photoacoustic Spectroscopy,” MDPI Journal of Sensors – Special Issue on Infrared and THz Sensing and Imaging, vol. 16, no. 251, pp 1-11, 2016. - (# 2.245)

*Lake, R.A. and Coutu, Jr., R.A., “Variable Response of a Thermally Tuned MEMS Pressure Sensor,” Sensors and Actuators A., vol. 246, pp. 156-162, 2016. (DOI # 10.1016/j.sna.2016.05.018) - (# 1.769)

Coutu, Jr., R.A.,*LaFleur, R.S., *Walton, J.P.K. and Starman, L.A., “Thermal Management using MEMS Bimorph Cantilever Beams,” Journal of Experimental Mech., vol. 56, pp. 1293-1303, 2016. (DOI # 10.1007/s11340-016-0170-1) - (# 1.764)

*Kodama, C.H. and Coutu, Jr.,R.A., “Tunable Split-Ring Resonators Using Germanium Telluride,” Applied Physics Letters, vol. 108, no. 231901, pp. 1-6, (June, 2016). (DOI: 10.1063/1.4953228) – (# 3.302)

Coutu, Jr., R.A., Lake, R.A., Christiansen, B.D., Heller, E.R., Bozada, C.A., Poling, B.S., Via, G.D., Theimer, J.P., tetlak, S.E., Vetury, R. and Shealy, J.B., Benefits of Considering More than Temperature Acceleration for GaN HEMT Life Testing,” MDPI Journal of Electronics – Special Issue on Gallium Nitride Electronics, vol. 5, no. 32, pp 1-14, 2016. – (# 2.245)

*Laurvick, T.V., Coutu, Jr., R.A., *Sattler, J.M. and Lake, R.A., “Surface Feature Engineering through Nanosphere Lithography,” SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3), Special Section on Alternative Lithographic Technologies, vol. 15 (3), 031602, pp. 1-11, (2016). (DOI: 10.1117/1.JMM.15.3.031602) – (# 1.731)

*Laurvick, T.V. and Coutu, Jr., R.A., “Improving Gold/Gold Micro-contact performance and reliability under low frequency AC through Circuit Loading,” IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology – Electrical Contacts Special Section, vol. #, no. #, pp. 1-9, 2016. (DOI: 10.1109/TCPMT.2016.2600482) – (# 1.180)

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