Kristofer Pister is the director of the Berkeley Marvell NanoLab at CITRIS. He received a B.A. in applied physics from UC San Diego in 1986, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) from UC Berkeley in 1989 and 1992. Prior to joining the faculty of EECS in 1996, he taught in the electrical engineering department at UCLA.
Pister developed Smart Dust, a project with the goal of putting a complete sensing and communication platform inside a cubic millimeter. He was awarded the second annual Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation in 2006, from the I/UCRC Association, for developing and successfully commercializing Smart Dust. He has also focused his energies on synthetic insects, which he has characterized as “basically Smart Dust with legs.” He was awarded the ISA Alfred F. Sperry Founder Award in 2009 for his “contributions to the science and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation.”
Pister is also a co-director of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and the Ubiquitous Swarm Lab.