Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Idaho, 2005
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Electrical, California, #20909
Professional Honors
  • The National Academies Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2011
  • UCSB Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2010
  • Center for Nanotechnology and Society Science Fellow, 2006-2010
  • NASA Space Grant Scholar, 2002-2005
  • Micron Scholar, 2003-2005
Professional Affiliations
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Optical Society of America

Dr. Erica Lively assists clients with the design and execution of data strategies for consumer products with advanced sensors. Her work incorporates engineering design principles with human factors to help clients understand the environmental and population factors most relevant to their technologies.

Dr. Lively is skilled at designing, managing, and executing human participant studies for wearables, advanced imaging, and biometrics in global environments. Her experience helps clients build products that perform for a wide variety of users while preventing data bias, collecting personal data with consideration for privacy, and managing the risks associated with global data collection. Dr. Lively has experience executing studies throughout the product design cycle. She can advise on the appropriate size and scale of a studies based on upcoming design decisions.

Dr. Lively holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her graduate research focused on infrared lasers and detectors. In addition to her technical work, she has long-focused on addressing issues surrounding technology from an interdisciplinary perspective. As a Science Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering, she participated in studies to improve healthcare through the implementation of systems engineering tools. She has also studied the issues and implications related to media framing of emerging nanotechnologies.