Michael Gendreau, President

Michael Gendreau has been with Colin Gordon Associates since June 1993, in the position of Senior Consultant for most of this time.  He was named Senior Vice President in 2001 and President in 2002. In addition to his technical work, he is the firm's senior project manager.

He specializes in facility interior vibration and noise control (including the analysis of HVAC and building mechanical systems); structural dynamic testing; machinery vibration isolation; room acoustics; environmental noise studies using computer models; and site studies, including the measurement of environmental vibration and  noise, interpretation of local noise regulations and building noise and vibration design criteria; and preparation of environmental impact and design feasibility reports.

Prior to joining Colin Gordon Associates, Michael Gendreau was employed for three years as a vibration engineer with Response Dynamics of Oakland, California.  In this capacity, he conducted vibration, EMI, and acoustic site surveys and maintained continuous monitoring installations in the microelectronics and biomedical industries.  In addition, he performed finite element analysis and model testing of machinery.


  • Certificate, Vibration and Noise Control: New Insights and Developments (Instructors: Eric Ungar and James Moore), Applied Technology Institute
  • Certificate, Noise Control for Buildings and Manufacturing Plants Lecture Series (Instructors: Robert Hoover, Reginald Keith, with Laymon Miller), Hoover & Keith Inc.
  • Master of Arts - Composition (Electronic Music and Recording Media), Mills College, Oakland
  • Baccalaureate - Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Honors and Professional Societies

  • Board Certified Member, Institute of Noise Control Engineering
  • Member, Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • Member, Acoustical Society of America
  • Member, Audio Engineering Society

Selected Project Experience

  • Major Semiconductor Company (Confidential Client) Fabs 11, 11X, 12, 14, 17, 18, D1C, D1D, RP1, etc.
  • Motorola Fabs MOS-12, COM-1, MOS-17, Flat Panel, etc.
  • Major Semiconductor Company (Confidential Client) Fabs 6, 12, 14, and WaferTech
  • Other Semiconductor Facilities including Communicant, GSMC, IBM, MXIC
  • LCD-TFT Facilities by Quanta, Hannstar, Acer, and others
  • Genentech Hall (Building 24), University of California, San Francisco, Mission Bay Campus
  • Biomedical Research Facilities: Allergan R+D, Inhale Therapeutic Systems, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • California Nano Systems Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • NDL Nanotechnology Facility, Hsinchu Taiwan
  • University Lab and Physics Buildings including ASU, Stanford, UCSD, UCSF, UC Berkeley

Papers, Presentations and Publications

Michael Gendreau has written, presented, and/or published many papers and reports. He has co-authored a chapter on vibration and noise in McGraw-Hill's Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook (2005).

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