Florian Solzbacher

Florian Solzbacher portrait
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering, University of Utah
  • Director, Center for Engineering Innovation, College Of 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 Internal Commercialization Advisory Board , Vp For Research, University of Utah
  • Member, College Promotion and Tenture (RPT) Committee, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, RIF committee, Vp For Research, University of Utah
  • Member, EFS (Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars), Technology Venture Capitalization, University of Utah
  • Director, Microsystems Laboratory, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Member, ECE Strategic Planning Committee, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Board Member Governing Authority, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative USTAR



  • 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


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

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia
  • Europe
  • South-Eastern Asia