David Horsley

Adjunct Professor

Swarm Lab

490 Cory Hall

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1740


Email: dahorsley@ucdavis.edu

Biography and CV

David A. Horsley received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. From 1998 to 2003, he held research and development positions at Dicon Fiberoptics and Hewlett Packard Laboratories and helped to co-found Onix Microsystems, a manufacturer of fiber-optic switching components. Since 2003, he has been a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, and he is a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), the National Science Foundation’s Industrial/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) focused on MEMS research. Professor Horsley is co-founder and CTO of Chirp Microsystems Inc., a manufacturer of ultrasonic sensors using MEMS technology, and a co-founder of Picosense Inc, a developer of low-noise magnetoresistive sensors. He was the Co-Chair of the 2016 IEEE Sensors Conference and the 2017 TRF Napa Microsystems Workshop. Dr. Horsley is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at UC Davis, the 2016 NSF I/UCRC Association’s Schwarzkopf Award for Technological Innovation, and has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers and holds over 20 patents.


Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), ultrasonics, piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducers (PMUTs), piezoelectric sensors and actuators, inertial and acoustic sensors, magnetic sensors, optical MEMS, dynamics and control issues in MEMS.


For a list of Professor Horsley's publications, please click here.


Professor Horsley teaches courses in experimentation and measurement, system dynamics and controls, and MEMS design.


Xiaoyue “Joy” Jiang, PhD candidate