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Eric Shrader

Eric manages PARC's Printing Systems team in the Hardware Systems Lab, which is engaged in several projects including developing reusable paper printing applications; inkjet systems aimed at printed circuit board printing; and novel printing based improvements aimed at solar energy. The group also works on improving ink-jet fundamentals around energy efficiency and reliability.

Eric's projects often take conventional printing technologies and techniques and apply them in new ways to improve performance or manufacturing. The whole process of how engineering relates to people is a career-long interest of Eric’s, inspiring him to think about how work actually gets done and how technology can be moved forward without increasing the environmental footprint.

Before joining PARC, Eric spent two years as project manager of an x-ray imaging startup company called PhorMax and 16 years with SRI International, working on printing/display technology and other projects at the intersection between mechanical and electrical engineering. 

Eric received his master’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in California, specializing in smart product design, and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds more than 23 U.S. patents in a wide variety of areas.


PARC publications

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Formation of very low resistance contact for silicon photovoltaic cells

38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

3 June 2012


Elastomer based diffractive optical modulator

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, special issue on Optical Microsystems

31 December 2004


Optical beam position active sensing and control using acoustooptic satellite beams

Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium

7 October 2003

Electrostrictive elastomer based diffractive modulator for use as a variable optical attenuator

2003 IEEE/LEOS International Conference on Optical MEMS and Their Applications

18 August 2003





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ARPA-E Awardee PARC Aims to Change the Way We Think About Batteries
22 May 2013 | ARPA-E

Researchers Create Printed Battery That Stores 40% More Energy
15 April 2011 | Discovery Treehugger

PARC Battery Electrode Breakthrough
1 April 2011 | Printed Electronics World



events   view all 

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit and Technology Showcase 2014
25 February 2014 - 26 February 2014
Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center | National Harbor,, MD

Battery Japan 2013 - visit PARC's booth
27 February 2013 - 1 March 2013 | Tokyo, Japan