Ronald A. Coutu, Jr.

Marquette University


Ronald A. Coutu, Jr. is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the V. Clayton Lafferty Endowed Chair in Micro-Sensor Devices and Smart Sensor Systems 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 (AFIT) in 2004.  In 2009, he retired from active duty Air Force after serving honorably for 25 years.  He is a California registered Professional Engineer in electrical engineering and a Senior Member of the IEEE and SPIE.  He is also a Life Member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.  His current research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), smart sensors, device fabrication, micro-electrical contacts and phase-change materials.  He is also very interested in energy harvesting, renewable energy, micro-grids and energy storage.