Alanson Sample is an Associate Lab Director & Principal Research Scientist at Disney Research in Pittsburgh and leads the Wireless Systems group. His research focuses on enabling new guest experiences and sensing and computing devices by applying novel approaches to electromagnetics, RF and analog circuits, and embedded systems.
Prior to joining Disney, he worked at Intel Labs in Hillsboro on energy harvesting for wearable and Internet of Things applications. He also held a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. There he developed methods of wirelessly powering implanted heart pumps, known as LVADs. Alanson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Washington. Throughout his graduate studies, he worked full time at Intel Research Seattle exploring a wide range of wireless power transfer methods and applications.
Past projects include the development of long-range passive RFID tags enhanced with sensing and computing capabilities, the use of coupled magnetic resonance as a means of wirelessly powering consumer electronics and medical implants, and ambient energy harvesting. Alanson has authored several articles and patents on RFID, wireless power, energy harvesting, and robotics. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of wireless communication, RF and analog circuit design, embedded systems, and novel sensors.