Richard Dixon, Ph.D.

Principal Analyst, MEMS & Sensors, IHS Technology


Munich, Germany


Dr. Richard Dixon is a Principal Analyst for MEMS and the author of more than 50 MEMS-related consulting and market research studies.   He is a world-renowned expert on automotive MEMS and magnetic sensors used in safety, powertrain and body applications. Along with supporting the overall activities of the MEMS and sensors group, his responsibilities include the development of databases that forecast the markets for more than 20 types of silicon and other engine sensors in more than 100 automotive applications. In addition, he has supported organizations with future scenarios for sensors in cars and has supported many custom projects for companies in the automotive supply chain. In his prior post at WTC, Dr. Dixon was a senior MEMS analyst and led research on physical sensors. He was the co-author of the NEXUS Task Force Report for MEMS and Microsystems 2005-2009. He also has led commercialization and road-mapping activities on European Commission-funded technology projects, including detailed MEMS chip cost analysis studies. He previously worked as a journalist in the compound semiconductor industry and has five years of experience as a technology transfer professional at RTI International, where he provided business and market intelligence for early stage technologies. Dr. Dixon graduated from North Kent University, U.K., with a degree in materials science and earned his doctorate in semiconductor characterization from Surrey University, U.K.