With Enzo helping on the laptop.

I graduated from the Kenny group in 1999, completing my thesis on force transducers for Atomic Force Microscopes.  I was particularly interested in the noise and force measurement optimization of ultra-thin piezoresistive cantilevers.

Upon graduation I went to work at HP Labs in Palo Alto.  HP spun out Agilent about a month later, so I was then at Agilent Labs.  I worked there on a MEMS optical switch (electrostatic actuators, primarily) for a few years, before starting my own (non-MEMS) project developing input devices for handheld electronic devices. 

At the end of 2005, Agilent decided to unload its semiconductor businesses, all of which were sold to private equity investors and formed into a new privately held company called Avago Technologies.  Avago is still a pretty large enterprise (>5000 employees), and has recently started a new division called the Mobile Input Devices Organization, in large part to commercialize an input device of my invention.  The jury is still out, but it looks promising so far.

In my free time I like to play tennis and golf.  I also play the violin in the HP Symphony Orchestra, occasionally serving as concertmaster.  My wife Gypsy Achong works as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

Contact Info:

E-mail: jharley<at>stanfordalumni<dot>org

Jonah A. Harley, Ph.D.