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Laura Popa, Ph.D. 01/21 | Page 1 Professional Profile Dr. Popa has a background in condensed - matter physics with experience in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). She has designed, simulated and evaluated acoustic resonators for timing and filter applications as well as a variety of sensors for industrial, automotive a nd healthcare products. Dr. Popa has an extensive knowledge of semiconductor fabrication processes, with a focus on III - V materials and heterogeneous integration. She also has experience with phase - gated product development, leading cross - functional teams through root - cause failure analyses of complex electromechanical systems and using statistical packages to understand manufacturing process variations. She is proficient in multiple engineering software suites such as Matlab, JMP, Comsol Multiphysics, Soli dWorks, and Cadence. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Popa worked as a Staff MEMS Design Engineer at Analog Devices where she led the development of inertial sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. As part of this role, she performed extensive Finite Element Analysis simulations of complex electromechanical structures. She also gained experience evaluating devices over a variety of field conditions, such as shock and vibration, temperature and humidity excursions as well as with understanding interact ions between physical sensors, electronics and packaging. Dr. Popa received her PhD in the Physics Department at MIT where she worked on piezoelectric Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF MEMS resonators for reconfigurable radio systems. As part of this research pro ject, she designed novel resonant structures and developed fabrication processes to enable the monolithic integration of acoustic resonators with high - frequency and high - power GaN transistors. Dr. Popa represented the research group as lead graduate studen t in DARPA’s Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration (DAHI) program. She gained knowledge in a variety of semiconductor processing areas such as photolithography, thin film deposition and etching, as well as in metrology tools such as SEM, AFM. She al so has extensive experience in RF measurements and standard semiconductor characterization. Academic Credentials & Professional Honors Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute o

2 f Technology (MIT), 2015 B.A., Physi
f Technology (MIT), 2015 B.A., Physics, Bryn Mawr College, 2009 2014 IEEE Int ernational Frequency Control Symposium Best Paper Award (for the paper “L - Band Lamb mode resonators in Gallium Nitride MMIC technology”) University of California at Berkley Rising Stars in EECS, 2014 Bryn Mawr College Gertrude Taylor Slaughter Fellowship , 2009 Laura Popa, Ph.D. Senior Scientist | Electrical Engineering & Computer Science 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1740 | New York, NY 10170 (212) 895 - 8143 tel | lpopa@exponent.com Laura Popa, Ph.D. 01/21 | Page 2 Bryn Mawr College Elizabeth Shippen Scholarship in Science, 2008 Licenses and Certifications Six Sigma Yellow Belt - American Society for Quality, #1166 Prior Experience Staff MEMS Design Engineer, Analog Devices Inc., 2017 - 2020 Senior MEMS Desig n Engineer, Analog Devices Inc., 2015 - 2017 Intern, Analog Devices Inc., 2014 Physics Graduate Student Researcher, MIT, 2009 - 2015 Professional Affiliations American Physical Society – APS (member) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – IEEE (member) Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society – UFFC - S (member, IFCS Women in Engineering Chair) Languages Romanian Spanish Publications Wang S, Popa LC, Weinstein D. Piezoelectric nonlinearity in GaN Lamb mode resonators. 2015 Trans ducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid - State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS), Anchorage, AK, 2015, pp. 989 - 992, doi: 10.1109/TRANSDUCERS.2015.7181091. Bahr BW, Popa LC, Weinstein D. 16.8 1GHz GaN - MMIC monolithically integra ted MEMS - based oscillators. 2015 IEEE International Solid - State Circuits Conference - (ISSCC) Digest of Technical Papers, San Francisco, CA, 2015, pp. 1 - 3, doi: 10.1109/ISSCC.2015.7063047. Wang S, Popa LC, Weinstein D. Tapered Phononic Crystal saw resonat or in GaN. 2015 28th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Estoril, 2015, pp. 1028 - 1031, doi: 10.1109/MEMSYS.2015.7051137. Popa LC, Weinstein D. L - band Lamb mode resonators in Gallium Nitride MMIC technology. 2014 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (FCS), Taipei, 2014, pp. 1 - 4, doi: 10.1109/FCS.2014.6859997. Popa LC, Weinste

3 in D. 2DEG electrodes for piezoelectric
in D. 2DEG electrodes for piezoelectric transduction of AlGaN/GaN MEMS resonators. 2013 Joint European Frequency and Time Forum & Intern ational Frequency Control Symposium (EFTF/IFC), Prague, 2013, pp. 922 - 925, doi: 10.1109/EFTF - IFC.2013.6702242. Laura Popa, Ph.D. 01/21 | Page 3 Wang W, Marathe R, Bahr B, Popa LC, Weinstein D. RF solid - state vibrating transistors. 2013 Joint European Frequency and Time Forum & Internatio nal Frequency Control Symposium (EFTF/IFC), Prague, 2013, pp. 529 - 538, doi: 10.1109/EFTF - IFC.2013.6702312. Popa LC, Weinstein D. Switchable piezoelectric transduction in AlGaN/GaN MEMS resonators. 2013 Transducers & Eurosensors XXVII: The 17th Internation al Conference on Solid - State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXVII), Barcelona, 2013, pp. 2461 - 2464, doi: 10.1109/Transducers.2013.6627304. Wang W, Popa LC, Marathe R, Weinstein D. An unreleased mm - wave Resonant Body Transis tor. 2011 IEEE 24th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, Cancun, 2011, pp. 1341 - 1344, doi: 10.1109/MEMSYS.2011.5734682. Popa LC, Rheingold AL, Beckmann PA. A proton spin - lattice relaxation rate study of methyl and t - butyl group re orientation in the solid state. Solid State Nucl Magn Reson. 2010;38(1):31 - 35. doi:10.1016/j.ssnmr.2010.06.003 Presentations Popa LC. Towards Ultra - High Stability Inertial Sensing. Invited oral presentation, 2019 Joint European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) and International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS), Orlando, Fl, 2019. Popa LC, Weinstein D. 1 GHz GaN resonant body transistors with enhanced off - resonance rejection. Poster presentation, Solid - State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Worksho p (Hilton Head 2014), Hilton Head Island, SC, June 8 - 12, 2014. Popa LC, Weinstein D. Switchable Gallium Nitride Piezoelectric Resonators. Invited oral presentation, MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories' Annual Research Conference (MARC), Bretton Woods , Jan. 29 - 30, 2014. Advisory Appointments International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS), Sensors and Transducers Technical Group Chair, 2020 International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS), Technical Program Committee Member, 2015 - 2020 Peer Reviewer Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS

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