Akintunde Akinwande’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

From Nigeria
Gender male
Birth Offa, Nigeria

Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande
is a Nigerian American engineering professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Early life and education

Akintunde was born in Offa in Kwara State. He attended Government College, Ibadan. He earned his B.Sc. (1978), M.Sc (1981) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife and Ph.D. (1986) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California.


Academic and Research Career

Akinwande commenced work as a scientist at Honeywell Inc. Technology Center in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1986, initially researching on Gas Complementary FET technology for very high speed and low power signal processing. He became associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT in January 1995, researching on pressure sensors, accelerometers, thin-film field emission and display devices, micro-fabrication and electronic devices with particular emphasis on smart sensors and actuators, intelligent displays, large area electronics (macro-electronics) and field ionization devices, mass spectrometry and electric propulsion. He developed the thin-film-edge Field Emitter Arrays for RF Micro-Triode Power Amplifiers and Flat Panel Displays, demonstrating the possible use of the thin-film-edge.

His research also focuses on:

  • Microstructures and nanostructures for sensors and actuators, and vacuum microelectronics.
  • Devices for large-area electronics and flat panel displays
  • Lithographically patterned metal oxide transistors for large-area electronics
  • CNT-based open architecture ionizer for portable mass spectrometry
  • Growth studies of in-plane and out-of-plane SWNTs for electron devices
  • High-current CNT FEAs on Si Pillars
  • Batch-fabricated linear quadrupole mass filters

He co-founded the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation in 2004. He has served in technical program committees for various conferences such as:

  • Device Research Conference,
  • the International Electron Devices Meeting,
  • the International Solid-State Circuits Conference,
  • the International Display Research Conference
  • the International Vacuum Microelectronics Conference.
  • “Research interest”. MIT. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  • “New gas sensor is tiny, quick (1/12/2008)”. Chemistry Times. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  • “Precise hand-assembly of microfabricated components, Akintunde I. Akinwande, Newton, MA US”. Patentdocs: Precise hand Assembly of microfabricated components. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

Academic posts and memberships

  • Visiting professor at the Cambridge University Engineering Department
  • Overseas Fellow of Churchill College from 2002 to 2003.
  • Member of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.
  • Soibi Max-Alalibo (July 26, 2010). “Institute, Total Google Partner On Teachers Project”. Tide News. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

Honours and awards

  • Sweatt Award Honeywell’s Technical Award (1989)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award.(1996)
  • Fellow Class of 2008 IEEE
  • Scott Williams. Akintunde AkinwandeComputer Scientists of the African Diaspora. State University of New York. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  • “Microanalyzer”. MIT. 


He has authored over 100 journals and publications.



  • Numerous patents in MEMS, Electronics on Flexible Substrates, Display.
  • Single-use, permanently sealable microvalve.
  • Diaphram phased field emitter and backfulling method for producing a microstructure.
  • Individually switched field emission arrays.
  • Organic field emission device.
  • “Batch fabricated rectangular rod, planar MEMS quadrupole with ion optics US 7935924 B2”. Google Patents. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  • “Single-use, permanently-sealable microvalve US 20130133757 A1”. Google Patents. 
  • Edwina DeGrant; Roslyn Morrison; Thomas Feaster (2012). Black Inventors: Crafting over 200 Years of Success. Global Black Inventor Resea. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-979-9573-14. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  • “Individually switched field emission arrays WO 2014124041 A2”. Google Patents. 
  • “US Patent no. 6870312”. PatentGenius. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  • “Dense array of field emitters using vertical ballasting structures”. 
  • “Organic field emission device, US 20030080672 A1”. Google Patents. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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