One of the pioneers of consumer micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), Benedetto Vigna is a key technology driver of the tiny sensors and actuators that have revolutionized the portable electronics landscape. Dr. Vigna’s foundational work on accelerometers and gyroscopes has paved the way for over 170 patents representing MEMS technology. In 1995, Dr. Vigna joined STMicroelectronics’ R&D Labs and launched the company’s efforts in MEMS, leading the company’s development of groundbreaking MEMS products that transformed computer gaming and enabled smartphones, tablets, and whole new industries that rely on small, affordable, and easy-to-use sensing. Called “The Man Behind the Chip Behind the Wii” in 2007 by IEEE Spectrum, Dr. Vigna and his MEMS group quickly elevated STMicroelectronics to one of the leaders in consumer MEMS technology.
An IEEE member, Dr. Vigna is currently executive vice president and general manager of the Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics, Geneva, Switzerland.