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21 June, 2022 - 16:56 By Tony Quested

Flusso engineer wins major research award

Dr Ethan Gardner, one of the youngest R & D engineers with Cambridge-based fabless semiconductor company Flusso – a Cambridge University spin-out – has won a major UK honour.

He has been awarded an EW BrightSparks 2022 award in recognition of his engineering achievements at such an early stage in his industrial career.

The awards, made annually, are designed to recognise talented young engineers who are already consistently showing their potential to become innovators and future leaders in the electronics industry in the years to come.

Flusso is developing flow sensing solutions for use in low-cost, high-volume applications.

Ethan was nominated by Dr Andrea De Luca, CEO and founder of Flusso who said: “Ethan has become a young rising star in the Flusso team. He has played a pivotal role in developing sensor packaging innovations to help Flusso launch the FLS110 as the ‘world’s smallest flow sensor’. 

“He has helped significantly strengthen our IP portfolio and is now lead engineer developing the core technology for our upcoming gas sensors product line.”

Although Ethan has only been involved in CMOS MEMS sensor research for just over five years he has already been lead author on 10 academic publications and two patents, as well as co-author on many others. 

He has presented at multiple international conferences and in 2017 won the IEEE Best Paper award for his pioneering research on 2D and 3D flow sensor modelling, remarkably during the first year of his PhD.

In addition to his R & D work, Ethan has helped mentor and teach invaluable engineering skills and techniques to students, graduates and Flusso’s summer intern engineers.

The EW BrightSparks award scheme was launched in 2017 by Electronics Weekly, the UK electronics publication, and is run in partnership with RS Grass Roots. The awards are open to engineers between the ages of 18 and 30, who are working and studying in the UK, with 30 awards being made per year.

This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel from across the electronics industry that included: Tim Mamtora, chief of innovation, Imagination Technologies; Lindsley Ruth, CEO at RS Components; and Nadja Yang, president of European Young Engineers, an international non-profit representing around 500,000 young engineers in more than 20 European nations.

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