Ed Myers
Edward B. Myers, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Los Angeles

Dr. Myers is a Ph.D. physicist with nearly two decades of experience in sensors, electronics, and systems. He has expertise in technologies such as magnetic hard drives, nano/micromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), and chemical & biological sensor systems. Dr. Myers has co-founded a startup using NEMS resonator-based mass detectors for ultrasensitive and portable chemical analysis, and he has developed techniques for high density magnetic data storage that find themselves in current advanced electronic memory products.

Dr. Myers has experience with a range of scientific technologies and techniques, including the following: gas chromatography (GC) techniques for chemical identification and analysis (GC-FID, GC-TFC, GCxGC); mechanical and thermal properties of organic polymers; micro & nanofabrication techniques (photolithography & electron-beam lithography, thin film deposition, plasma etching); and cryogenic & vacuum systems.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Myers worked at Western Digital as a R&D scientist on advanced magnetic hard drive recording technologies. He has also worked at the California Institute of Technology as a senior scientist; there he led a DARPA-funded effort to develop miniaturized gas analyzers using (NEMS) resonators, for real-time chemical warfare agent detection. In his Ph.D. work at Cornell University, Dr. Myers performed the first systematic study of nanoscale magnetic bit reversal by a spin-polarized current, which enables new kinds of high-speed and high-density computer memories.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2002
  • M.S., Physics, Cornell University, 1999
  • B.A., Physics, Oberlin College, 1996,

    (high honors)


McCaig HC, Myers EB, Lewis NS, Roukes ML. Vapor sensing characteristics of nanoelectromechanical chemical sensors functionalized using surface-initiated polymerization. Nano Letters 2014; 14:3728.

Zhang XC, Myers EB, Sader JE, Roukes ML. Nanomechanical torsional resonators for frequency-shift infrared thermal sensing. Nano Letters 2013; 13: 1528.

Bargatin I, Myers EB, Aldridge JS, Marcoux C, Brianceau P, Duraffourg L, Colinet E, Hentz S, Andreucci P, Roukes ML. Large-scale integration of nanoelectromechanical systems for gas sensing applications. Nano Letters 2012; 12: 1269.

Arlett JL, Myers EB, Roukes ML. Comparative advantages of mechanical biosensors. Nature Nanotechnology 2011; 6: 203.

Myers EB, Li M, Tang HX, Aldridge JS, Roukes ML. Nanoelectromechanical resonator arrays for ultrafast microscale chromatographic chemical analysis. Nano Letters 2010; 10: 3899.

Masmanidis SC, Tang HX, Myers EB, Li M, DeGreve K, Vemeulen G, Van Roy W, Roukes ML. Nanomechanical measurements of magnetostriction and magnetic anisotropy in GaMnAs. Physical Review Letters 2005; 95: 187206.

Bargatin I, Myers EB, Arlett J, Gudlewski B, Roukes ML. Sensitive detection of nanomechanical motion using piezoresistive signal downmixing. Applied Physics Letters 2005; 86: 133109.

Myers EB, Albert FJ, Sankey JC, Bonet E, Buhrman RA, Ralph DC. Thermally-activated magnetic reversal induced by a spin-polarized current. Physical Review Letters 2002.

Myers EB, Ralph DC, Katine JA, Albert FJ, Buhrman RA. Point-contact studies of current-controlled domain switching in magnetic multilayers. Journal of Applied Physics 2000.

Stinebring DR, Smirnova TV, Hankins TH, Hovis JS, Kaspi VM, Kempner JC, Myers EB, Nice, DJ. Five years of pulsar flux density monitoring: refractive scintillation and the interstellar medium. Astrophysical Journal 2000.

Waintal X, Myers EB, Brouwer PW, Ralph DC. Role of spin-dependent interface scattering in generating current-induced torques in magnetic multilayers. Physical Review B 2000; 62: 12317.

Katine JA, Albert FJ, Buhrman RA, Myers EB, Ralph DC. Current-driven magnetization reversal and spin-wave excitations in Co/Cu/Co pillars. Physical Review Letters 2000; 84: 3149.

Myers EB, Ralph DC, Katine JA, Louie RN, Buhrman RA. Current-induced switching of domains in magnetic multilayer devices. Science 1999.


US Patent 9,016,125: NEMS comprising AlSi alloy based transducer, April 2015 (Andreucci P, Duraffourg L, Marcoux C, Brianceau P, Hentz S, Minoret S, Myers EB, Roukes ML).

US Patent 8,820,140: System for analyzing a gas mixture including at least one chromatography column, September 2014 (Puget P, Myers EB, Roukes ML)

US Patent 7,555,938: Thermoelastic self-actuation in piezoresistive resonators, July 2009 (Bargatin I, Arlett JL, Roukes ML, Kozinsky I, Aldridge JS, Myers EB).

US Patent 7,552,645: Detection of resonator motion using piezoresistive signal downmixing, June 2009 (Bargatin I, Myers EB, Li M, Arlett JL, Gudlewski B, Roukes ML, Young DK, Tang HX).

Prior Experience

R&D Engineer, Western Digital, 2014-2016

Senior Scientist, California Institute of Technology, 2005-2014

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2002-2005

Project Experience

Tested and analyzed failures of lithium ion cells for computer and electronics manufacturers.

Performed failure analysis of printed circuit boards that had experienced significant fire incidents in the field.

Executed statistical data analysis for a liability case involving a blood glucose monitor.

Tested thermal extreme response of unreleased wearable electronics, as part of overall risk analysis of new hardware.

Designed and performed load testing of an industrial magnetic door lock in an injury case.

Performed inspections and failure analysis of marine electrical systems.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Europhysical Journal

Nano Letters


  • Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2002
  • M.S., Physics, Cornell University, 1999
  • B.A., Physics, Oberlin College, 1996,

    (high honors)