Loren Rieth earned his B.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1994, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2001, both in materials science and engineering.
Until 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher for Gerald Stringfellow at the University of Utah, where from 2003 to 2006, he was a Research Assistant Professor in materials science and engineering, and since 2004, he has been a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
His current research interests include electronic materials and Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and biomedical microsystems, solid-state sensors, photovoltaics, and applied surface science. This work focuses on depostion and characterization of thin film materials, MEMS process development and integration, advanced packaging, encapsulation, and materials testing. Specific projects include developing advanced versions of the Utah Electrode Array, metal-oxide gas sensors for combustion monitoring/control, hydrogel-based biosensors for diabetes, electrochemical sensing for neural interfaces, and thin film photovoltaics based on CuInSe and CuZnSnS.