Dr. David Carter is Laboratory Technical Staff and the Materials Science and Chemistry Group Leader at Draper Laboratory. He has been at Draper for 18 years, where he has led efforts to apply nanofabrication and nanotechnology in a variety of areas including RF MEMS, integrated optics, plasmonic devices, and carbon nanotube MEMS/NEMS integration. His work in molded nanoscale polymers led to the first-ever demonstration of human climbing using biomimetic synthetic gecko adhesion. He has advised several graduate Draper fellows and has initiated multiple collaborations with university researchers while at Draper.
Prior to Draper, he held a research staff position at MIT, where he led the development of zone-plate-array lithography (ZPAL). Before MIT, he held a staff position at Harvard University, where he managed the cleanroom facility. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his A.B. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He has co-authored 32 journal and conference papers and has 17 patents in micro/nanofabrication, nanotechnology, and materials.