Dr Ing. Owen Casha received the B. Eng. (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2004 with First Class Honours. In the same year, he joined the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) as a Post Graduate Trainee. In 2007 he was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics (Faculty of ICT). From September 2007 till June 2008, he was on a research collaboration with CEA-LETI (Grenoble, France) and ST-Microelectronics, as part of his doctorate studies. He received a PhD in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design from the University of Malta in 2010 and promoted to Lecturer. Following eight years of lecturing and research duties, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in June 2015. His research interests are the design of high speed integrated circuits, MEMS and sensor design, embedded systems and applications of ICT in assistive technologies. He is also currently the chairman of the IEEE Malta Section.

He was the principal investigator in an agreement with ST-Microelectronics S.r.l., Catania, in a research project in the area of “Research on Low Voltage VCO for GPS Tuner Application” during the period August 2004 to July 2006 and a co-investigator in an agreement with STMicroelectronics, Malta, in a research project in the area of “MEMS Design and ASIC Interfaces” during the period August 2011 to June 2013. From January 2013 to December 2015, Dr Casha participated in a research project titled “LAB FAB for smart sensors and actuators MEMS ENIAC KET Pilot Line 2012 (LAB4MEMS)”, which was an EU partially funded project under the ENIAC Nanoelectronics Framework. This project aimed to establish a European Pilot Line for key enabling technologies on advanced piezoelectric and magnetic materials, including advanced 3D Packaging technologies to meet the ever evolving market needs. He is currently the co-investigator in a similar EU partially funded research project “Lab4MEMS II: Micro-Optical MEMS, micro-mirrors and pico-projectors”. Building on the established foundation and successes of the first Lab4MEMS project, Lab4MEMS II has been launched by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council with the aim of developing a pilot line for innovative key enabling technologies on advanced Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS). Further details are available at http://www.um.edu.mt/ict/mne/staff/owen.

Roles/duties in the project: To provide expertise on the design and implementation of the ICT embedded system platform including the interfacing of the sensors, actuators and peripherals. Assists in the integration and testing of the prototyped device. Attends project internal meetings and consortium meetings.