Lina (P.M.) Sarro received the Laurea degree (cum laude) in solid-states physics from the University of Naples, Italy, in 1980. From 1981 to 1983, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Photovoltaic Research Group of the Division of Engineering at Brown University, Rhode Island, U.S.A. In 1987 she received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands,
and then joined the EE Faculty to establish and lead research on silicon micromachining, integrated sensor, MEMS and material processing. In 2001 she was appointed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Full Professor for research merits. From 2009 to 2016 she was head of the Microelectronics Department (±70 research, teaching and support staff, more than 100 PhD students and 90-100 MSc students) and currently she is the head of the Electronic Components, Technology and Materials Laboratory.
Her main research interests are in novel materials and structures for MEMS and NEMS to be applied in health, automotive, environmental applications and scientific instrumentation. She has supervised 40 completed PhD theses (and 8 ongoing). She has (co)-authored more than 500 publications (H-index of 50) and 8 patents.
She is member of the International Steering Committee of Eurosensors, Transducers and IEEE MEMS and acted as General Chair and Technical Program Committee Chair several times for all major international conferences in the field of sensors, MEMS and microsystems. She is associate editor for the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and has been associate editor (2006-2009) for IEEE Sensors Journal. She serves on various international advisory boards and panels for research. She is/was also independent board member of Xensor Integration bv (since April 2007) and of MELEXIS Microelectronic Integrated Systems (2005-2014).
She is the recipient of the 2004 Eurosensors Fellow Award, The AISEM Career Award (2007), The IEEE 2012 Sensors Council Meritorious Award and the 2018 IEEE Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Systems Award and co-recipient of the Rudolph Kingslake Medal (1997). In 2017 she was one of the PIs for the NWO Gravity grant Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI). She is an IEEE Fellow, an (elected) member of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences) and member of its governing board (2008-2011), Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and Knight in the Order of the Italian Star.