Jason Haaheim (pronounced HAW-heim) was appointed a Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on radio, television, and Live in HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim has given masterclasses throughout the United States, and is adjunct faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. Guest timpanist spots include the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 2016, Mr. Haaheim was a resident artist at the Twickenham Festival.

Prior to the Met, Mr. Haaheim was principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed regularly as timpanist with the Madison Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and the Illinois Philharmonic. Mr. Haaheim has also been invited to perform as guest timpanist with the Chicago Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Glimmerglass Festival, the Lakes Area Music Festival, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Honk Kong Philharmonic.

Mr. Haaheim began studying piano in 4th grade, adding percussion studies in 5th grade. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in honors music performance and physics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); he also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC-Santa Barbara. Influential teachers have included John Tafoya (Indiana University, National Symphony), Dean Borghesani (Milwaukee Symphony), Jonathan Haas (Aspen Music Festival, NYU), and Robert Adney (Gustavus Adolphus College, MacPhail Music School). While auditioning and freelancing, Mr. Haaheim worked as “Senior Research and Development Engineer” at NanoInk, a Chicago-area tech company. In this capacity, he gave invited talks on nanotechnology, authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and was granted numerous patents.

Active in all musical areas, Mr. Haaheim has also performed extensively as a chamber musician and jazz drummer. He collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in a Civic Orchestra / Silk Road Ensemble performance, and recorded the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Terpsichore’s Dream” with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Haaheim has performed with the new music ensemble dal niente, and premiered Ryosuke Yagi’s “Mirrors…for timpani” with the UC-Santa Barbara Ensemble of Contemporary Music. Mr. Haaheim was a member of the Civic Orchestra’s MusiCorps outreach program, and has served as percussion section coach for the New York Youth Symphony and the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra. Other projects have included drumming for the jazz-fusion quartet “The J3 Intent” and the alt-country band “The Lost Cartographers.” At Gustavus, he was president of the wind ensemble, vice-president of the orchestra, and drummer in the jazz ensemble. He was selected for the departmental Honors Recital, and won first place in the Gustavus Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Extra-musical interests include backpacking and hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and both downhill and cross country skiing.

Jason Haaheim Independent Engineering Consultant at Haaheim EngineeringAdditional Scientist / Engineering Background

Engineering Resume (pdf)


  • U.S. Patent  8,256,017 (issued):  “Using Optical Deflection of Cantilevers for Alignment”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  8,017,191 (issued):  “Fast Dip for Reduced Wicking in Nanolithographic Ink Delivery”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  8,256,018 (issued):  “Array and Cantilever Array Leveling”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  8,261,662 (issued):  “Active Pen Nanolithography”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2008-0309688 (pending):  “Nanolithography with use of Viewports”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2010-0288543 (pending):  “DPN of Conductive Lines”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2011-0268882 (pending):  “Ball Spacer Method for Planar Object Leveling”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2011-0268883 (pending):  “Force Curve Analysis Method for Planar Object Leveling”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2011-0014378 (pending):  “Leveling devices and methods”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  2012-0295030 (pending):  “High Density, Hard Tip Arrays”;  [link to PTO]
  • U.S. Patent  61/619XXX (pending):  “Flat High-Density Tip Arrays”  [no link available]

Selected Publications:

  • Haaheim, J.; Val, V; Bussan, J; Rozhok, S; Jang, J-W; Fragala, J; Nelson, M.;  “Self-Leveling Two-Dimensional Probe Arrays for Dip Pen Nanolithography.”  Scanning Vol. 32, 49-59 (2010);  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Hung, S.C.; Nafday, O.A.; Haaheim, J.R.; Chi, C.Y.; Ren, F.; Pearton, S.;  “Dip Pen Nanolithography of Conductive Silver Traces.”  Journal of Physical Chemistry C  114 (21), pp 9672-9677 (2010);  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Nafday, O; Haaheim, J; Villagran, F;  “Site-Specific Dual Ink Dip Pen Nanolithography.”  Scanning Vol. 31, 122-126 (2009);  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Wang, H-T.; Nafday, O.; Haaheim, J.; Tevaarwerk, E.; Amro, N.; Sanedrin, R.; Chang, C-Y.; Ren, F.; Pearton, S.;  “Toward Conductive Traces:  Dip Pen Nanolithography of Silver Nanoparticle-Based Inks.”  Applied Physics Letters  93, 143105 (2008);  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Haaheim, J.; Nafday, O.;  “Dip Pen Nanolithography: A ‘Desktop Nanofab’ Approach Using High-Throughput Flexible Nanopatterning.”  Scanning Vol. 30, 137-150 (2008);  [invited review article; 6th most downloaded in 2008];  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Nafday, O; Rajasekar, P; Haaheim, J; Weeks, B.L.  “Patterning High Explosives at the Nanoscale.”  Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 31, No. 5 (2006);  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Haaheim, J; Eby, R; Nelson, M; Fragala, J; Rosner, B; Zhang, H; Athas, G.  “Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN): Process and Instrument Performance with NanoInk’s NSCRIPTOR System.”  Ultramicroscopy 2005, 103 (2): 117-132.  [cited > 20 times];  [link to journal,  download pdf]
  • Amro, N.A.; Haaheim, J; Nelson, M; Fragala, J; Henning, A; Bussan, J;  “Fully automated nanoscale scanning probe lithography.” Proceedings, Technologies for Future Micro Nano Manufacturing, Paper P24.B (Transducers Research Foundation, San Diego, CA, 2011; T. Kenny and M. A. Schmidt, eds.)  [no link available]
  • Fragala, J.S.; Henning, A; Shile, R; Amro, N; Haaheim, J; “High-performance, high-density tip arrays for reliable manufacturing.” Proceedings, Technologies for Future Micro Nano Manufacturing, Paper P29.A (Transducers Research Foundation, San Diego, CA, 2011; T. Kenny and M. A. Schmidt, eds.)  [no link available]
  • Haaheim, J.; Nafday, O.; Levesque, T.; Fragala, J.; Shile, R.;  “MEMS-Enabled Dip Pen Nanolithography for Directed Nanoscale Deposition and High-Throughput Nanofabrication.”  Proceedings of SPIE MOEMS-MEMS, 2009.;  [link to journal]
  • Haaheim, J.; Nafday, O.;  “Desktop Biological Nanopatterning Using Dip Pen Nanolithography.”  American Laboratory, 40 (20), 2008.;  [link to journal]
  • Stokes, R.; Dougan, J.; Irvine, E.; Haaheim, J.; Stiles, P.; Levesque, T.; Graham, D.;  “Fabrication of biosensor arrays via DPN and detection by surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering.”  Proceedings of SPIE Nanoscience and Engineering:  Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and their Optical Properties VI, 7032-W320, 2008.;  [link to journal]
  • Haaheim, J.; Tevaarwerk, E.; Fragala, J.; Shile, R.;  “Commercially Available High-Throughput Dip Pen Nanolithography.”  Proceedings of SPIE Defense and Security:  Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies 6959-I9590, 2008.;  [link to journal]
  • Nafday, O.; Vaughn, M.; Haaheim, J.; Weeks, B.;  “Modeling Nanoscale Ink Transport in Dip Pen Nanolithography.”  Proceedings of SPIE Defense and Security:  Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies 6959-B9591, 2008.;  [link to journal]
  • Fragala, J.; Shile, R; Haaheim, J.;  “Enabling the Desktop Nanofab with DPN Pen and Ink Delivery Systems.”  Proceedings of MRS Fall 2007 Symposium:  Microelectromechanical Systems – Materials and Devices 1052313-319, 2008.;  [link to journal]
  • Haaheim, J.; Tevaarwerk, E.; Fragala, J.; Shile, R.;  “Dip Pen Nanolithography: A Maturing Technology for High-Throughput Flexible Nanopatterning.”  Proceedings of SPIE Defense and Security:  Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies 6556-T5560, 2007.;  [link to journal]
  • Nafday, O.; Weeks, B.L.; Haaheim, J.; Eby, R.  “Patterning PETN and HMX using Dip Pen Nanolithography”  Proceedings of MRS Fall 2006 Symposium:  Multifunctional Energetic Materials 896251-256, 2006.;  [link to journal]


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