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44 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2019 Feature Interview by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 At the recent FLEX Tech show, I spoke with Jeffrey Diament, a recent Princeton University graduate and an engineering associate from sensor manufacturer Instrumems, about the company's nanowire sensing platform that can measure velocity, temperature, and humid- ity. Since this is Jeffrey's first career job out of college, he discussed his experience on the hardware and manufacturing side of things and offers advice to other young professionals. Barry Matties: First, can you tell us a little bit about your company? Jeffrey Diament: Instrumems was born out of revolutionary nanowire technology that was originally invented in Princeton University. The nanowires were first used to study very high Reynolds-number turbulence in a way that no other sensors could; they were invented to be the state-of-the-art, highest performance velocity and temperature sensors. Along the way, we discovered that they had some other measurement capabilities, such as measuring humidity, detecting bubbles in microfluidic flows, and even measuring underwater acous- tic waves for use in sonar systems. Instrumems was founded to commercialize all aspects of this nanowire technology. Matties: How long has Instrumems been in existence? Diament: We raised seed money about two years ago, so we're still pretty young. A Young Engineer's Perspective Matties: How many people are in your company? Diament: We're made up of a combination of full-time employees and contractors, including three core full-timers and 10 employees overall. Matties: And what's your position? Diament: I split my time between mechanical engineering and business development work. Jeffrey Diament

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