Florian Solzbacher

Florian Solzbacher portrait
  • Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
  • Co-Director Utah Nanotechnology Institute , University of Utah
  • Chair USTAR Cluster/Committee Nanosystem integration and Packaging, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, CARMA Executive Committee, Div Of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Utah
  • Member, USTAR Building Committee (SMBB), Vp For Research, University of Utah
  • Member, Nanofab Executive Advisory Board, College of Engineering, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, Governor’s Science Advisory Board for the State of Utah , Utah Governor's Office for Economic Development
  • Member, Faculty Recruiting Committee, College Of Engineering-Dean, University of Utah
  • Member, College Promotion and Tenture (RPT) Committee, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, NSF IGERT committee , College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, ECE Strategic Planning Committee, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Board, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Director, Microsystems Laboratory, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, RIF committee, Vp For Research, University of Utah
  • Director, Center for Engineering Innovation, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member Internal Commercialization Advisory Board , Vp For Research, University of Utah
  • Member, EFS (Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars), Technology Venture Capitalization, University of Utah



  • Dr.-Ing (Ph.D.) 2003, Electrical/Bio Engineering, Technical University Illmenau
  • M.S. 1997, Electrical Engineering, Technische Universitat Berlin
  • B.S. 1994, Electrical Engineering, Universitat des Saarlandes

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Distinguished Innovation & Impact Award. Office of the President, University of Utah, 05/04/2012
  • Distinguished Researcher Award 2011. University of Utah, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 08/2011
  • Re-elected Chairman AMA Re-elected Sensor + Test trade fair and conference. AMA Association for Measurement Technology, 2007
  • Chairman, Sensor and Test 2007 international conference and trade fair . AMA Association for Sensor Technology , 2006


Prof. Solzbacher is Director of the newly established Center for Engineering Innovation, Co-Director of the Utah Nanotechnology Institute, President and Executive Chairman of Blackrock Microsystems and of Blackrock Neuromed and holds faculty appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Bioengineering at the University of Utah. His research focuses on harsh environment microsystems and materials, including implantable, wireless microsystems for biomedical and healthcare applications, and on high temperature and harsh environment compatible micro sensors. Prof. Solzbacher received his M.Sc. EE from the Technical University Berlin in 1997 and his Ph.D. from the Technical University Ilmenau in 2003. He is co-founder of several companies such as Blackrock Microsystems, Blackrock Neuromed, and First Sensor Technology. He was a board member and Chairman of the German Association for Sensor Technology AMA and of Sensor + Test trade show and conference from 2001 until 2009, and serves on a number of company and public private partnership advisory boards and international conference steering committees. He is author of over 190 journal and conference publications, 5 book chapters and 22 invention disclosures, pending patents or patents.

In the Media

  • Salt Lake Tribune "U. opens new center to connect inventors and engineers.". 10/18/2013. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57007717-78/cent...
  • Deseret News, "Center for Engineering Innovation turns ideas into products.". 10/18/2013. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588623/Cente...
  • KUTV-2 News interview by reporter Holly Menino featuring Blackrock Microsystems. 02/08/2013. http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_3...
  • KCPW radio Interview by Jennifer Napier Pearce, nanoUtah 2011, October 13, 2011. 10/13/2011.
  • Salt Lake Magazine, Go Utes: An organizational shake-up and radical shift in philosophy has the U leading the way in its revolutionary approach to making money from research, and that’s a good thing for Utah and the world, March 2011, pp. 60-67. 03/2011.
  • various German media/technical magazines as Chairman of AMA Association for Sensor Technology; copies of articles for 2009 upon request / see previous years/ . 2009.
  • http://www.sensor-test.de/page/en/page_ID/504 . 2009.
  • ScienceDaily, Science News: University of Utah To Help Build Realistic Bionic Arm, April 24, 2006, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060424111927.htm. 04/24/2007.
  • The Daily Utah Chronicle, U students win grand prize in technology competition (nFocus), April 24, 2007. 04/24/2007.
  • PBS, Science Investigators: DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthesis 2009 Program, 2007, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/si/video/chapter_5.html. 2007.


  • English, fluent.
  • French, fluent.
  • German, fluent.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia
  • Europe
  • South-Eastern Asia