David L. Dickensheets, Ph.D.


Dr. Dickensheets joined the Montana State ECE faculty in 1997. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997 under the mentorship of Professor Gordon Kino in the Ginzton Laboratory. 

A native of the rural west, Dr. Dickensheets received the BSEE degree from the University of Colorado in 1985 and the MSEE degree from the University of Washington in 1988. From 1988 until 1991 he worked as a design engineer for the Hewlett-Packard Company in its Medical Products Division in Andover, MA, performing low-noise analog circuit design for cardiac ultrasound imagers.  

Dr. Dickensheets' research interests include MEMS and MOEMS (acronyms for micro{-opto}-electro-mechanical systems), active and adaptive optics, optical microscopy and spectroscopy of tissues, and the application of microfabrication techniques to develop miniature imaging instruments for biological research, health care and industry. He teaches courses in the areas of circuits and electronics, signals and systems, electromagnetic fields and optics. Dr. Dickensheets is the Director of MONT, the Montana Nanotechnology Facility, a shared-use facility where students and researchers from both academia and industry can perform microdevice and nanotechnology research and development. MONT is part of the NSF supported NNCI National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program.

Dr. Dickensheets has published over 80 papers and three book chapters related to optical instrumentation and MEMS, and has been granted 14 patents. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS, and has chaired several SPIE conferences on MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems. Dr. Dickensheets is a Fellow of SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of OSA.