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Ing. Jeremy Scerri
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Biography

Ing. Jeremy Scerri received a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (1996), a Master's Degree in Digital Communications (2006) and is currently reading for a PhD at the University of Malta under the supervision of Prof. Ivan Grech. He has been employed as a Design Engineer with Methode Electronics and as a Senior Process Engineer with ST Microelectronics.

He currently occupies the post of Senior Lecturer (Control Engineering) at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology. His research interests are MEMS Design and Control Engineering.

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Publications

1. Scerri J., Grech I., Gatt E. and Casha O.: 'A MEMS BPSK Demodulator - Micromechanical Mixing and Filtering using MetalMUMPs', 9th PRIME Conference, Villach, Austria, 2013, pp. 113-116.

2. Scerri J., Grech I., Gatt E. and Casha O.: 'Versatility provided by an electrostatic torsional microstructure as a consequence of its complex dynamics', IET Electronic Letters, 2014, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 303-304.

3. Scerri J., Grech I., Gatt E. and Casha O.: 'Reduced order model for a MEMS PZT vibrational energy harvester exhibiting buckling bistability', IET Electronic Letters, 2015, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 409-411.

4. Scerri J., Grech I., Gatt E. and Casha O.: 'Suppression of spurious products in an electrostatic RF MEMS downconverter having differential drive and sense', 18th Melecon Conference, Limassol, Cyprus, 2016.

5. Scerri J., Todorović D. and Đorđević G.S.: 'Modelling and Control of a Reaction Wheel Pendulum with Visual Feedback', International Conference on Control, Automation and Diagnosis, ICCAD'17, Hammamet, Tunisia, 2017.

6. Scerri J., Grech I., Gatt E. and Casha O.: 'A MEMS Low-IF IQ-Mixer in MetalMUMPS: Modelling and Simulation', ICECS 2017 Proceedings, Batumi, Georgia, 2017.


PhD Research: A MEMS Phase Detector

MEMS for communication applications provide several new possibilities especially when it comes to combine modules which traditionally are implemented as separate transceiver modules. A MEMS Phase Detector is one such application which apart from providing a way of extracting phase information will also possibly combine a resonating structure with some filtering capabilities.

A Phase Detector would generally take advantage of some non-linearity to perform mixing and filtering. Investigation of structures that provide this possibility will not necessarily be limited to electrostatic actuation and sensing. The ideal phase detector would need to provide an output that varies linearly with phase, would need to be insensitive to the amplitude of the input signals and also insensitive to the low Q-factor of the local oscillator. Analog design is generally more suitable for high speed operation and an analog MEMS Phase Detector will therefore be more suitable for high frequency applications. 

Once a plausible structure is identified, it will be designed within the MUMPs® process constraints. Simulations to optimize the mechanical parameters while keeping power consumption and area to a minimum will follow. In addition, further simulations will need to be performed in the electromagnetic domain. After sufficient confidence in the product’s feasibility is acquired a prototype will be ordered and tested.


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The 13th Edition of EY’s Annual Attractiveness event will be held on 25th October 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel,

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