My name is Manuel Monge. I was born in Lima, Peru in 1985. I attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and obtained my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2008. During my undergraduate studies, I joined the research group in Microelectronics (GuE) under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Silva-Cardenas. To continue with my graduate studies, I moved to Pasadena in 2009 and joined the Mixed-mode Integrated Circuits and Systems (MICS) Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where I worked with Prof. Azita Emami. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2010 and 2017, respectively.
Currently, I am working on enabling novel biomedical applications by combining and integrating physical and biological principles into the design of microscale integrated circuits. During my studies, I have been involved in the design of a Fully Intraocular Epiretinal Prosthesis which is meant for patients suffering from severe vision loss due to retinal degeneration diseases. In late 2013, I started a collaboration with Prof. Mikhail Shapiro to develop minimally-invasive biological interfaces using biophysical methods such as magnetic resonance, ultrasound and infrared light.
I spent the summer of 2013 at Samsung Display America Lab (SDAL) in San Jose as a summer intern in the High-Speed Interfaces group under the supervision of Technical Director and Manager Amir Amirkhany. At Samsung, I worked on on-chip channel characterization and monitoring circuits for high-speed data links to enable the next generation of ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs.
Since 2011, I have being involved with the International Student Programs (ISP) at Caltech as a student leader. The ISP office helps Caltech students during their stay at the institute by means of social activities, outreach programs, counseling and mentoring. During 2011 and 2012, I have been a co-mentor and have served as a seminar judge for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Caltech.