Ruud Vullers (1970) has  25 years of experience in (industrial) research on nano- and microtechnology (e.g. MEMS, micromachining, microscopy and materials), wearable sensors (EEG, ECG and wrist based healthcare and wellness devices) and X-ray imaging, in technical as well as managerial positions: project leader, group and program manager and principal scientist. He obtained his M. Sc. in physics at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in 1994. His Ph.D. topic at the K.U. Leuven was lithography on nanometer dimensions, using local oxidation of Titanium thin films by atomic force microscopy (2000).

He has worked for Philips Research Laboratories in the area of Optical Storage, on the fabrication and design of thin film coils for use in Magneto-Optical Storage, followed by recordable Blu-ray Disc development.

In 2006 he joined IMEC, working on Energy Harvesting and Body Sensors Networks, as program manager/group leader and later as Principal Scientist on the topic of Energy Harvesting. The imec group became world-wide leader in the manufacture of MEMS type harvesting devices based on Vibration and Thermal, as well as leading institute on RF energy transfer.

In 2014 he became a (part-time) guest researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Sr. Research Scientist at Teledyne DALSA. At Teledyne DALSA he supported R&D in X-Ray Product Development, and was project leader for advanced X-Ray  3D CMOS design, and developed a prototype for alternative imaging technology.

In 2020 he joined SMART Photonics as Manager R&D, where he is leading a group of skilled Researchers, developing the next generation InP foundry offering, guarding the process and coaching the people. He is also responsible for coordinating existing and contracting new funded projects.


  • 25 years of experience in industrial research & product development in nanotechnology and medical sensors
  • Critical, curious, perseverant, flexible and creative. Performing well under pressure, keeping overview and guarding progress
  • Combining in-depth technology knowledge as Project Leader in multi-disciplinary projects, involving material research, IC design, and system design. Working & interacting with people and companies of different cultures and continents
  • Experience with ISO 13485 guidelines
  • Hands-on experience with several technologies: MEMS design and characterization, micromachining, lithography, optical storage, X-ray and Imaging
  • Experience as Program manager, Group Leader and Principal Scientist
  • Writing and participating in funded projects (Catrene, FP7, ESA, NWO)
  • Acquired basic knowledge of human body physiology and system aspects of wireless sensor networks.
  • Senior Member IEEE and world-wide recognized as the expert in energy harvesting with industrial focus: Invited conference presentations (Transducers, IEDM, ISSCC), tutorials, courses and journal reviewing.
  • Large international network in industry, institutes and academia: member of Technical Program Committee PowerMEMS, MEMS, BodyNets;  Area chair of BSN, Member of Catrene Scientific Committee and International Advisory Board CIMTEC.
  • Almost 200 publications, 22 patents applications and 11 patents (5 US). Hirsch’s h-index of 32 and Egghe’s g-index of 70 (as of Aug 2021, see for a complete list Google Scholar:
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