Alex Ming Shen

Current Work

Fabrication of carbon nanotube (CNT)-based electronic devices, with the goal of emulating the functions of biological synapses. These devices are capable of carrying out logic, learning, and memory functions, all in a single element.

Development of analog spike neuromorphic circuits, composed of CNY synaptic devices, capable of emulating biological neural networks, enabling parallel signal processing, dynamic learning, and memory functions with low power consumption.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA, 2014-Present
Advisor: Professor Yong Chen

Venture Team Coordinator &Core Member, UCLA Business of Science Center, 2012-Present
Advisor: Roy Doumani

Graduate Research Assistant, UCLA, 2009-2014
Advisor: Professor Yong Chen

Teaching Assistant, UCLA, 2009-2014
Course: Nanoscale Fabrication, Characterization, and Biodetection Laboratory

Research Associate, Hewlett-Packard Labs - Information and Quantum Systems, 2010
Advisor: Dr. Zhiyong Li

Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2008-2009
Advisor: Professor Yong Chen

UCLA SINAM Summer Undergraduate Research Program, 2005, 2007, 2008
Advisor: Professor Yong Chen

UC Berkeley SINAM Summer Undergraduate Research Program, 2006
Advisor: Professor Xiang Zhang


University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2014
Thesis Topic: Carbon Nanotube Based Spike Neuromorphic Devices and Circuits
Minors: Electrical Engineering, Technology Innovation and Development (ad hoc)

University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011

University of California, Los Angeles
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009

University of California, Los Angeles
Certificate of Leadership in the Business of Science, 2013


Contact Information

44-116C Engineering IV
420 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095