Dr. Andrew Berlin is a technologist and entrepreneur based in Lexington, Massachusertts. Dr. Berlin is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he leads the ’Technology Pathfinding’ initiative, which seeks out new applications for Draper's technologies and collaborates with customers to create prototypes that make these new possibilities a reality. Dr. Berlin is also President of Applied Voices LLC, a corporation he founded in 2008. Applied Voices is a software development company that specializes in creating applications that blend the world of computing with people's senses in new ways. Dr. Berlin also co-founded BARS Imaging, a company developing advanced software tools that enhance video images.
Andrew Berlin received S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Berlin is an experienced technology leader with broad experience in sensor development and signal processing, focusing on the interplay between the world of computation and the physical world around us. Dr. Berlin has led teams in areas ranging from early disease detection and biosciences to MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), computer architecture, and information technology. Dr. Berlin played a variety of senior management roles at Intel Corporation, including founding of the Biomedical and Life Sciences program in June, 2000. During his 6-year tenure at Intel, this R&D program developed significant advances in single-molecule manipulation and detection, and delivered ultra-sensitive molecular diagnostic technologies to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and to several leading universities and corporations. Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Berlin co-founded the MEMS & Smart Matter activities at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. His work at PARC on MEMS-based active structural control and levitation of objects has been featured in dozens of news reports, including the front page of The New York Times and ABC World News Tonight. As a graduate student at MIT, Dr. Berlin pursued Ph.D. research that involved creating computationally-stabilized structures, such as bridges, that are stronger and lighter than would otherwise be possible. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dr. Berlin did research on multi-core computer architecture and parallel computation. He was one of the architects of the MIT-Hewlett-Packard ‘Supercomputing Instrument Toolkit’ and co-author of its parallelizing compiler. In 1985, Dr. Berlin built the first VLSI chip capable of performing real-time Gaussian Convolution (for noise reduction and edge detection) in video images, for which he received MIT's Ernst A. Guillemin prize.
Dr. Berlin has served as Vice President of the Board of Education in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Dr. Berlin has also served as chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Canary Foundation, and as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Berlin was a founding member of the board of directors of the MEMS Industry Group, a member of the DARPA Information Science and Technology team, and a member of the National Research Council Board to Oversee the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has also served on numerous advisory boards in the electronics and biotechnology industries.