Alex, This is exciting technology with many implications for the future. I heard that Sandia National Labs is doing work in this area and checked out their website. Readers might find their website of interest since it provides a good overview of areas of concentration: http://mems.sandia.gov/. Great stuff.
Sounds like a really robust program and definitely a hot topic for today's engineering applications. I'm still a little fuzzy on MEMS' exact role and some of the key design concerns so I'll look forward to lots of great reports and posts based on the discussions at the summit.
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