Professor Emanuel Sachs has spent his career moving back and forth between academia and industry. He has co-founded or otherwise been involved in seven start-up companies based on his inventions and co-inventions, including three that went public, one that was acquired by a public company, and three that are still private. Several of these companies are in the field of 3D Printing, which he helped to found, beginning in the late 1980s. Several of the companies are in Photovoltaics — solar cells. He has also contributed inventions in widespread use for process control for microelectronic fabrication.
Professor Sachs is committed to teaching and has brought innovative methods to the teaching of invention, the engineering sciences, design, and manufacturing. He has received several teaching awards in conjunction with this work. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.