Michael Zimmerman spent 14 years at Bell Labs, where he rose to the highest technical level (the top 1% of technical community). His areas of expertise are polymer innovation and polymer processing, semiconductor packaging, and electronic and optical materials. He started his own company, QLP, Inc., after inventing a new liquid crystal polymer technology, and developed products in the area of semiconductor packages, new printed circuit board materials, and revolutionary materials for replacing metals in automobiles. He ultimately sold the company to multinational company Interplex Industries.
For over 20 years, Zimmerman has taught at Tufts in the areas of materials science, manufacturing, and finite element analysis, and he has developed new classes on polymer science and composite materials. He has developed projects for over 15 graduate students and has hired many of them. Currently, he is involved in new funded research related to energy storage materials.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
- 2009-present: Professor of the Practice
- 2000-2009: Lecturer
- 1994-1998: Visiting Associate Professor / Visiting Assistant Professor
- 1990-1994: Lecturer
Founder and Head, iQLP Incubation Laboratory
Founder, CTO, and Board Member, Quantum Leap Packaging
Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories
Senior Research Engineer, Scott Paper Company
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Northrop Corporation
Engineer, Stone and Webster Engineering Corp.
Part-Time Consultant, Fibers and Polymers Laboratory, MIT
Michael Zimmerman's areas of expertise are in materials, processing, design for manufacture, computer simulations, new product ideas, and electronic packaging. He is an entrepreneur with extensive international work experience in Europe and Asia.