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Michael Gaitan (Assoc)

Michael Gaitan Ph.D. is an electrical engineer specializing in MEMS and microfluidic device technologies. His current research focus is now on the development of new primary calibration methods and standards for MEMS-based triaxial accelerometers and gyroscopes. As these inertial sensor technologies reached maturity and commercial significance, Dr. Gaitan transitioned the focus of his work from device research towards the development of primary calibration methods, motivated by industrial needs in testing and calibration documented by the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group. From 2009-2019 he chaired the MEMS & Sensors Working Group of iNEMI and ITRS and published their industrial roadmaps. He served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Working Group of the Consultative Committee for Acoustics, Ultrasound and Vibration, Chair of ISO TC 108 on Mechanical vibration, shock, and condition monitoring, and Chair of SIM MWG-9 on Acoustics, Ultrasound and Vibration. Dr. Gaitan also served as the PML representative on NIST’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a certified Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) overseeing the performance of contracts and large equipment procurements in the Quantum Measurement Division. He has published over 100 journal research papers and 15 patents in the fields of semiconductor electronics, MEMS, and microfluidic technologies.

Selected Publications

Preparation of Nanoparticles by Continuous-Flow Microfluidics

Andreas Jahn, Joseph E. Reiner, Wyatt N. Vreeland, Don DeVoe, Laurie E. Locascio, Michael Gaitan
We review a variety of micro- and nanoparticle formulations produced with microfluidic methods. A diverse variety of approaches to generate micro-scale and nano


Patents (2018-Present)

Calibration Apparatus And Calibrating A Laser Doppler Vibrometer

NIST Inventors
Michael Gaitan , Benjamin Reschovsky and Akobuije Chijioke
A calibration apparatus for calibrating a laser Doppler vibrometer includes: a frequency shifter stage that: receives, from the laser Doppler vibrometer, primary laser light; produces frequency shifted light; communicates the frequency shifted light to a reflector; receives frequency shifted light

Calibration Apparatus And Calibrating A Laser Doppler Vibrometer

NIST Inventors
Michael Gaitan , Benjamin Reschovsky and Akobuije Chijioke
We have developed and demonstrated a new method to calibrate laser Doppler vibrometers (LDVs). The method uses two acousto-optic modulators to frequency shift the light from the LDV under test by a known quantity to create a synthetic velocity shift that is traceable to a time and frequency
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022