Ronald A. Coutu, Jr. is a Professor and the V. Clayton Lafferty Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993, his M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2004. He is a California Professional Engineer and Senior Member of the IEEE and SPIE. His research interests include MEMS, advanced microsystems, biosensors, device fabrication, micro-electrical contacts, and phase-change materials.