Michael D. Hill currently works as a researcher on acoustic wave filters for Skyworks Solutions, focusing on materials selection and on developing new materials to support new acoustic filter products.  He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986.  He received a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988.  In 1996 he received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland.  From 1989 until 1996 he worked in the Ceramics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where his work focused on the crystal chemistry of high Tc superconductors and the synthesis of lead-based perovskites.  In 1996, he joined the R&D department of Trans-Tech where his work is focused on new formulations for microwave dielectric and magnetic materials, as well as the synthesis of specialty advanced materials including thermal barrier coatings and solid-oxide fuel cells.   He was responsible for developing or overseeing the development of all new formulations at Trans-Tech and for managing the R&D team in Adamstown, Maryland as well as the isolator/circulator engineering team in Cork, Ireland.  He is listed as an inventor on 40 patents, most of them on novel ceramic materials for a variety of applications.  He has been an American Ceramic Society member since 1990 and a member of the Electronics Division and of AACCM.   He is currently an associate editor for the Phase Diagrams for Ceramics.  His current focus is on piezoelectric materials for wireless applications and on dielectric and magnetic materials for 5G applications.