Alic Chen

Alic is a Partner and co-Founder of the CITRIS Foundry, headquartered at UC Berkeley. Alic co-manages operations of the CITRIS Foundry by helping grow and develop the startup companies in this highly selective accelerator program. He previously coordinated various projects within the CITRIS Social Apps Lab, including the annual CITRIS Mobile App Challenge.

Alic was previously a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. His research focused on two fronts: (1) Methods to improve LED efficiency through cooling with low-noise piezoelectric fans and (2) design and synthesis of extremely low-cost composite thermoelectric materials for waste heat energy generation.

Prior to his current work, Alic’s research focused on thermal energy harvesting with thermoelectrics for self-powered sensors, with applications to implantable medical devices, body sensor networks and aging in place. During his Ph.D. research, Alic developed new methods for fabricating high-aspect ratio and high density array thermoelectric devices using printed manufacturing methods. His previous experiences include research on human thermometry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), biomedical devices for uremia detection at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), lab-on-chip BioMEMS systems for disease detection and piezoelectric acoustic sensors for blood pressure monitoring at Johns Hopkins University. His current research interests include mobile healthcare technologies, wireless sensor systems for medical and industrial applications and clean energy technologies.

Alic received his PhD and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and 2009, respectively, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2007.