With his Hertz Fellowship, Steven Herbst plans to conduct research that will enable wider participation in integrated circuit (IC) design, as a PhD student in electrical engineering at Stanford University. Previously, he was a hardware designer at Apple, where he helped to develop the electrical architecture of the Apple Watch inductive charger. As an IC designer at Intersil, Steven contributed to projects in optical sensing and power management. His industry work has led to his co-authorship of three U.S. patents and seven U.S. patent applications.
Steven earned degrees in EE from MIT (BS ’10, MEng’11). His MEng thesis focused on techniques for reducing noise in voltage reference ICs. While at MIT, he also served as president of the institute-wide 6.270 Autonomous Robot Design Competition. Outside of engineering, Steven enjoys experimenting with fermented food production and recently has been learning to play piano.
Steven is from Falls Church, Virginia.