Dr. Peter Hartwell

2016 Edition. In Engineer of the Year

Dr. Peter G. Hartwell is Senior Director of Advanced Technology at InvenSense. Peter has extensive experience in commercializing silicon MEMS products, working on advanced sensors and actuators, and specializes in MEMS testing techniques. Prior to joining InvenSense, Peter spent four years as Architect of Motion Sensing Hardware at Apple. Peter also worked as a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. At HP, he was the MEMS lead on HP’s 10 nano-g/rt Hz MEMS accelerometer forming the basis of HP’s Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), an early version of what has become the Internet of Things. Peter has over 40 worldwide patents on MEMS and sensor applications. In the past year, Peter has extended his work in MEMS at InvenSense to push forth his vision to capture additional value by delivering intelligent sensors that create a more efficient system by transmitting not just raw sensor data, but rather information and context to the cloud. Thus, IoT companies will accelerate as the focus will be on applications of information rather than collection and analysis of raw sensor data. He has proven that the industry needs to build expertise in sensor intelligence, system knowledge, and even big data, in order to not just participate, but thrive, in the forthcoming Internet of Sensors.