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Alumni - PhD Students
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Mike Armani
Aug. 2006 – Dec. 2010
Currently:  M3D

mikearmani@gmail.com

BioEngineering
co-advisor:   Ben Shapiro , Aerospace Engineering
Thesis Title: 
Nucleic Acid Extraction and Detection across Two-Dimensional Tissue Samples

Journal Publications:

1.  M. Armani, S. Chaudhary, R. Probst, and B. Shapiro, "Using feedback control and micro-fluidics to independently steer multiple particles," J. Microelectromech. Syst., 15(4), 945-956 (2006).

2.  M. Armani, J. Rodriguez-Canales, J. Gillespie, M. Tangrea, H. Erickson, M. R. Emmert-Buck, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "2D-PCR: A method of mapping DNA in tissue sections," Lab Chip, 9(24), 3526 - 3534 (2009).

3.  M. Armani, M. A. Tangrea, B. Shapiro, M. R. Emmert-Buck, and E. Smela, "Quantifying mRNA levels across tissue sections with 2D-RT-qPCR," Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 400(10), 3383-3393 (2011).

4.  M. Armani, M. Tangrea, B. Yang, A. Rosenberg, K. Ylaya, J. Martinez, J. Rodriguez-Canales, J. Hanson, B. Shapiro, M. R. Emmert-Buck, E. Smela, and S. M. Hewitt, "Multiplex quantitative measurement of mRNAs from fixed tissue microarray sections," Diag. Molec. Pathol. 22(5) 323-330 (2014).

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Bavani Balakrisnan
Jan. 2008– April 2012
Currently: Singapore, Tera-Barrier Films

Future Faculty Fellow.
Awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship in 2011.

Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title:  Microfabrication and Modeling of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

Journal Publications:

1.  B. Balakrisnan, S. Patil, E. Smela, "Patterning PDMS using a combination of wet and dry etching," J. Micromech. Microeng., 19(4), 047002 (2009).

2.  S. Alben, B. Balakrisnan, and E. Smela, "Edge effects determine the direction of bilayer bending," Nano Lett., 11 (6), 22802285 (2011).

3.  B. Balakrisnan, A. Nacev, J. M. Burke, A. Dasgupta, and E. Smela, "Design of compliant meanders for applications in MEMS, actuators, and flexible electronics," Smart Mater. Struct., 21, 075033 (2012).

4..  B. Balakrisnan, A. N. Nacev, and E. Smela, "Design of bending multi-layer electroactive polymer actuators," Smart Mater. Struct., 24, 045032 (2015).

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Marc Dandin
Sept. 2006 – May 2012
Currently:  Sughrue Mion, PLLC
mpdandin@gmail.com

BioEngineering
co-advisor:   Pamela Abshire, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thesis Title: 
CMOS Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes and Micromachined Optical Filters for Integrated Fluorescence Sensing


Winner of the 2008 Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering.  See this story.
Winner in 2011 of the First Jimmy H. C. Lin Award for Entrepreneurship.  See this story.

Journal Publications:

1.  M. Dandin, P. Abshire, and E. Smela, "Optical filtering technologies for integrated fluorescence sensors," Lab Chip, 7 (8), 955-977 (2007).

2.  N. Nelson, D. Sander, M. Dandin, S. B. Prakash, A. Sarje, and P. Abshire, "Handheld fluorometers for lab-on-a-chip applications", IEEE Trans. Biomed. Circuits Syst., 3 (2), 97-107 (2009).  (Invited contribution)

3.  M. Dandin, A. Akturk, B. Nouri, N. Goldsman, and P. Abshire, "Characterization of single-photon avalanche diodes in a 0.5 m standard CMOS process Part 1: Perimeter breakdown suppression", IEEE Sens. J., 10 (11), 16821690 (2010). 

4.  M. Dandinand P. Abshire, "High signal-to-noise ratio avalanche diodes with perimeter field gate and active readout", IEEE Electron Device Lett., 33 (4), 570572 (2012). 

5.  M. Dandin, P. Abshire, and E. Smela, "Polymer filters for ultraviolet-excited integrated fluorescence sensing," J. Micromech. Microeng., 22, 095018 (2012).

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Eugene Daneshvar
Summer 2008 – Fall 2014
edaneshv@umich.edu

co-advised student
advisors:  Daryl Kipke, Khalil Najafi
Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Michigan

Thesis Title:  Conjugated Polymer Actuators for Articulating Neural Probes and Electrode Interfaces

Journal Publications:

1.  E. D. Daneshvar and E. Smela, "Characterization of conjugated polymer actuation under cerebral physiological conditions," Adv. Healthcare Mater. 3(7), 1026–1035 (2014).

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Timir Datta
tdatta@umd.edu
Electrical Engineering

co-supervisor:   Pamela Abshire, Electrical and Computer Engineering
June. 2009 – May 2015
Currently:  Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Winner of the Graduate All-STAR Fellowship in 2013, a university-wide competition to to honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants.

Selected as a finalist in 2011 in the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition.

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

Journal publications:

1.  T. Datta-Chaudhuri, P. Abshire, and E. Smela, "Packaging commercial CMOS chips for lab on a chip integration," Lab Chip, 14 (10), 1753 - 1766 (2014).

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Im Deok Jung
jid99@pusan.ac.kr
Fall 2008 – May 2015
Joint degree program with Pusan National University
co-supervisor:   Jong Soo Ko, Mechanical Engineering
                              Pusan National University, Korea

Research Topic:  Mechanical protection of superhydrophobic surfaces

Journal publications from UMD:

1.  I. D. Jung, M. C. Lee, H. Lim, E. Smela, and J. S. Ko, "Microbumpers maintain superhydrophobicity of nanostructured surfaces upon touch," Appl. Surf. Sci., 349, 705714 (2015).

Journal publications from PNU:

1.  I. D. Jung, M. K. Cho, K. M. Bae, S. M. Lee, P. G. Jung, H. K. Kim, S. S. Kim, and J. S. Ko, "Pixel-structured scintillator with polymeric microstructures for x-ray image sensors," ETRI J., 30 (5), 747-749 (2008).

2.  I. D. Jung, M. K. Cho, S. M. Lee, K. M. Bae, P. G. Jung, C. H. Lee, J. M. Lee, S. Yun, H. K. Kim, S. S. Kim, and J. S. Ko, "Flexible Gd2O2S: Tb scintillators pixelated with polyethylene microstructures for digital x-ray image sensors," J. Micromech. Microeng., 19 (1) (2009). 

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Mark Kujawski
Feb. 2008 – May 2011
Currently:  Sr. Research Scientist, Thermoplastic Polyurethane Department,
                BASF, Michigan
mark.kujawski@basf.com

Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis Title:
  Polymer Composites for Sensing and Actuation

Journal Publications:

1.  M. Kujawski, J. D. Pearse, and E. Smela, "Elastomers filled with exfoliated graphite as compliant electrodess," Carbon 48 (9), 2409-2417 (2010).

2. J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Yingkai Liu
Jan. 2001 – June 2005
Currently:   Entegris Inc., www.entegris.com

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Fabrication and Characterization of Polypyrrole/Gold Bilayer Micro-Actuators for Bio-MEMS Applications

Journal Publications:

1.  Y. Liu, Q. Gan, S. Baig, and E. Smela, "Improving PPy adhesion by surface roughening," J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (30), 11329-11338 (2007).

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Mario Urdaneta
Jan. 2003 – Aug. 2007,
then postdoc Aug-Oct 2007
Currently: Weinberg Medical Physics LLC

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Design of a Dielectrophoretic Cell Loading Device
Thesis nominated by Mechanics and Materials Division for Best Dissertation Award, 2008.

Journal Publications:

1.  M. Urdaneta and E. Smela, "The design of dielectrophoretic flow-through sorters using a figure of merit," J. Micromech. Microeng., 18 (available online), doi:10.1088/0960-1317/1018/1081/015001 (2008).

2.  M. Urdaneta and E. Smela, "Parasitic trap cancellation using multiple frequency dielectrophoresis, demonstrated by loading cells into cages " Lab Chip , 8 (4), 550-556 (2008). This article was selected for inclusion in the RSC's Chemical Biology Research Articles virtual journal.

3.  M. Urdaneta and E. Smela, "Multiple frequency dielectrophoresis," Electrophoresis, 28 (18), 3145-3155 (2007).

4.  M. Urdaneta, R. Delille, and E. Smela, "Stretchable electrodes with high conductivity and photopatternability," Adv. Mater., 19 (18), 2629-2633 (2007).

5.  S. B. Prakash, M. Urdaneta, M. Christophersen, E. Smela, and P. Abshire, "In situ electrochemical control of electroactive polymer films on a CMOS chip," Sens. Act. B, 129 (2), 699-704 (2008).

6.  R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, S. Moseley, and E. Smela, "Benchtop polymer MEMS," J. Microelectromech. Syst., 15 (5), 1108-1120 (2006).

7.  R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, K. Hsieh, and E. Smela, "Compliant electrodes based on platinum salt reduction in a urethane matrix," Smart Mater. Struct., 16 (2), S272 -279 (2007).

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Xuezheng Wang
Aug. 2001 – April. 2007
Currently: Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Understanding Actuation Mechanisms of Conjugated Polymer Actuators: Ion Transport

Journal Publications:

1.  X. Wang, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Visualizing ion transport in conjugated polymers," Adv. Mater., 16 (18), 1605-1609 (2004).

2.  X. Wang and E. Smela, "Color and volume change in PPy(DBS)," J. Phys. Chem. C, 113 (1), 359-368 (2009).

3.  X. Wang and E. Smela, "Experimental studies of ion transport in PPy(DBS)," J. Phys. Chem. C, 113 (1), 369–381 (2009).

4.  X. Wang B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Development of a model for charge transport in conjugated polymers," J. Phys. Chem. C, 113 (1), 382-401 (2009).

X. Wang, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Model predictions of behavior during reduction of cation-transporting conjugated polymer films," in preparation.

X. Wang, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Model predictions of behavior during oxidation of cation-transporting conjugated polymer films," in preparation.

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Vytenis Benetis
co-advisor:   Michael Ohadi, Mechanical Engineering
June 2001 – June 2005
Currently: Lithuania

Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: Experimental and Computational Investigation of Planar Ion Drag Micropump Geometrical Design Parameters


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Alumni - Postdocs (alphabetical order)

Jeffrey M. Burke
Dec. 2009 - Jan. 2013
jeffreym.burke@gmail.com

Research Topics:  Cell-based sensing, sample preparation

Journal publications:

1. J. M. Burke and E. Smela, "A novel surface modification technique for forming porous polymer monoliths in PDMS," Biomicrofluidics, 6 (1), 16506 (2012).

2.  B. Balakrisnan, A. Nacev, J. M. Burke, A. Dasgupta, and E. Smela, "Design of compliant meanders for applications in MEMS, actuators, and flexible electronics," Smart Mater. Struct., 21, 075033 (2012).

3.  J. M. Burke, R. E. Zubajlo, E. Smela, and I. M. White, "High-throughput particle separation and concentration using spiral inertial filtration," Biomicrofluidics, 8(2), 024105 (2014).

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Marc Christophersen
Nov. 2004 – Jan. 2007

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

Journal Publications: 

1.   M. Christophersen, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Characterization and modeling of PPy bilayer microactuators. Part 1: Curvature," Sens. Act. B, 115, 596-609 (2006).

2.  S. B. Prakash, M. Urdaneta, M. Christophersen, E. Smela, and P. Abshire, "In situ electrochemical control of electroactive polymer films on a CMOS chip," Sens. Act. B, 129 (2), 699-704 (2008).

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Daniel Gowetski
Sept. 2012 – May 2013
Currently: Glaxo Smith Klein, Rockville
dgowe@umd.edu

Research Topic:  2D-PCR

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Peyschuan Jian
March 2004 – June 2005
Currently: Army Research Lab
peyschuan.jian@us.army.mil

Research Topic:  Fiber optic sensing of changes in index of refraction

Journal Publications:

1.   P.-S. Jian and E. Smela, "Modeling the performance of a long-period Bragg grating ambient-index sensor," Smart Mater. Struct., 15, 821-828 (2006).

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July 2010 - Dec. 2013
dpant@umd.edu


Research Topic:  2D PCR


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Sheetal Patil
March 2007 – Feb. 2008
Currently: IIT Bombay

Research Topics:  Effects of nanoparticles on cells; dielectric elastomer actuators


Journal Publications:

1. B. Balakrisnan, S. Patil, E. Smela, "Patterning PDMS using a combination of wet and dry etching," J. Micromech. Microeng., 19, 047002 (2009).

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Menake Piyasena
menake@umd.edu
June 2007 – June 2009
currently: University of New Mexico, Center for Biomedical Engineering

Research Topics:  Nastic actuators, microfluidics for cell-based sensing

Journal Publications:

1.  M. E. Piyasena, R. Newby, T. J. Miller, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Electroosmotically driven microfluidic cells," Sens. Act. B, 141, 263-9 (2009).

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Yibing Zhang
July 2003 – Feb. 2004
Currently: postdoc fellow at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Research Topic: Fiber optic sensing of changes in index of refraction

 

Lei Young
lyoung74@umd.edu
Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013

Research Topics:  Miniaturization of 2D-PCR

 

 

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Alumni - MS Students (alphabetical order)
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Remi Delille
Aug. 2002 – Aug. 2006
Currently: Cree Inc., www.cree.com

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Development and Characterization of High-Strain Electrodes

Journal Publications:

1.  R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, S. Moseley, and E. Smela, "Benchtop polymer MEMS," J. Microelectromech. Syst., 15 (5), 1108-1120 (2006).

2.  R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, K. Hsieh, and E. Smela, "Compliant electrodes based on platinum salt reduction in a urethane matrix," Smart Mater. Struct., 16 (2), S272 -279 (2007).

3.  M. Urdaneta, R. Delille, and E. Smela, "Stretchable electrodes with high conductivity and photopatternability," Adv. Mater., 19 (18), 2629-2633 (2007).

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Steve Fanning
Aug. 2002 – Aug. 2005

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Characterization of Polypyrrole/Gold Bilayers for Micro-Valve Design

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Yunhan Huang
hyh@umd.edu
Sept. 2008 – Sept. 2009
Currently:  working with Dr. Ravi Doraiswami, CALCE

Research Topic:  Dielectric elastomer actuators

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Sam Moseley
May 2003 – Aug. 2005
Currently: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Research topic:  Dielectric elastomer actuators

Journal Publications:

1.  R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, S. Moseley, and E. Smela, "Benchtop polymer MEMS," J. Microelectromech. Syst., 15 (5), 1108-1120 (2006).

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Hyo “Lance” Oh
Jan. 2002 – Nov. 2003
Currently: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Mechanical Engineering

Thesis Title:   Development of a Micro-Valve Actuated by Polypyrrole/Gold Bilayers

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Justin Pearse
May 2009 – May 2012
Currently: Bell Helicopter

Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title :   Towards the Use of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators as Locomotive Devices for Millimeter-Scale Robots

Journal Publications:

1.  M. Kujawski, J. D. Pearse, and E. Smela, "Elastomers filled with exfoliated graphite as compliant electrodess," Carbon 48 (9), 2409-2417 (2010).

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Natasha Reeves
co-advisor: Pamela Abshire, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aug. 2003 – Feb. 2004
Currently: Second Sight Medical Products

http://www.linkedin.com/in/natashareeves

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

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Jason West
co-advisor:   Ben Shapiro, Aerospace Engineering
Sept. 2006 – May 2008
Currently:   D&R International, www.drintl.com

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/7/3b6/9b5

Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis Title:
  Chronoamperometric Study of Conformational Relaxation in PPy(DBS)

Journal Publications:

1.  B. J. West, T. F. Otero, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Chronoamperometric study of conformational relaxation in PPy(DBS)," J. Phys. Chem. B, 113 (5), 1277–1293 (2009).

Jason was also active in Engineers Without Borders
http://www.mepp.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=1897


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Alumni - Visitors (alphabetical order)
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Maria Bassil
Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Spring 2012
Lebanese University, Department of Physics

Research Topic:  Gel actuators

 
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Jong Soo Ko
sabbatical
Feb. 2012 - Jan 2013
School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Seoul, Korea
mems@pusan.ac.kr, http://mems.me.pusan.ac.kr

Research Topic:  MEMS

co-supervisor of Im Deok Jung ( UMD/PNU PhD Dual Degree Program)

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Alumni - Research Volunteers, Other
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Robert Newby
newby.robert@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Jan. 2008 – Fall 2008, summer 2009, summer 2013, spring 2014
Winner of the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Senior Award
Currently:  NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

Research Topics:  Nastic actuators, cell-based sensing

Journal Publications:

1.  M. E. Piyasena, R. Newby, T. J. Miller, B. Shapiro, and E. Smela, "Electroosmotically driven microfluidic cells," Sens. Act. B, 141, 263-9 (2009).

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Alumni - Recent Undergraduates, Interns, and High School Researchers (alphabetical order)
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Prabhath Aluthgama
prabhath.aluthgama@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2013 - Spring 2015
currently: Havtech Inc.

Research Topic:  Electro-osmotic flow

Journal Publication:

1.  D. Sritharan, A. S. Chen, P. Aluthgama, B. Naved, and E. Smela, " Bubble-free electrokinetic flow with propylene carbonate," Electrophoresis 36, 2622–2629 (2015).

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Kyle Archer
karcher8193@hotmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Chantelle Artis
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Summer REU Program, 2009

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

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Shermeen Baig
Mechanical Engineering
2004 - 2005
Currently:  Concurrent Technologies Corp.
Research Topic:  Adhesion of PPy to Au

Journal Publication:

Y. Liu, Q. Gan, S. Baig, and E. Smela, "Improving PPy adhesion by surface roughening," J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (30), 11329-11338 (2007).

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Kimberly Berlic
Mechanical Engineering
Summer 2012

Assistant to Dr. Smela
Research Topic:   Compliant strain gaugess

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Matthew Bleakney
mb11196@yahoo.com, bleak1@umbc.edu
Atholton High School, Columbia, MD
ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program, UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Summer 2013 - Spring 2014

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

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Abraham Simpson Chen
abc1@umd.edu
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

Journal Publication:

1.  D. Sritharan, A. S. Chen, P. Aluthgama, B. Naved, and E. Smela, " Bubble-free electrokinetic flow with propylene carbonate," Electrophoresis 36, 2622–2629 (2015).

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Justin Di Palo
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Aug. 2010

Research Topic:  Mechanical characterization of compliant electrodes

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Lee Dodds
iamleedodds@gmail.com
Poolesville High School
Summer 2015

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Alex Edgerton
Mechanical Engineering
Fall 2011- Summer 2012
Currently:   Virginia Tech

Research Topic:  Compliant electrodes

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Youssef El Minyawi
youssefminyawi@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2015

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Danielle Fallon
River Hill High School
Spring & Summer 2012

Research Topic:   Compliant strain gauges

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Frederic Fievet
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2012

Research Topic:  Ion transport in PPy(DBS)

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Qi (Claire) Gan
Mechanical Engineering
Fall 2003 - 2005

Research Topic:  Adhesion of PPy to Au

Journal Publication:
Y. Liu, Q. Gan, S. Baig, and E. Smela, "Improving PPy adhesion by surface roughening," J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 (30), 11329-11338 (2007).

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Deepak George
dpak02@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

Research Topic:   Nastic actuators

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Jesse T. Gonzalez
jtgonz1@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Spring & Summer 2012

Research Topic:   Dielectric elastomer actuators

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Faissal Hariri
faissal.hariri@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Iver Jenstrom
itjenstrom@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2015

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Elisabeth Kuespert
bethkuespert@verizon.net
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Mechanical Engineering
2003-2005

Conference Paper:
R. Delille, M. Urdaneta, K. Hsieh, and E. Smela, "Novel compliant electrodes based on platinum salt reduction," SPIE 13th Annual Int'l. Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, EAPAD, San Diego, CA, (SPIE), vol. 6168, edited by Y. Bar-Cohen, p. 61681Q-61681 -61611 (Feb27 - Mar 2, 2006).

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Alex Huang
ahuang1690@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, professional masters program
Summer 2014

Research Topics:   Nastic actuators, PPy ion transport

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Floriane Juliani
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2009

Research Topic:  Ion transport in PPy(DBS)

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Zeynep Karakas
z.n.karakas@gmail.com
Physics, UMCP
co-supervisor:   Wolfgang Losert , Physics
Summer 2013 - Spring 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain sensors

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Loic Klein
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2012

Research Topic:  Ion transport in PPy(DBS)

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Martin Kedzierski
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2009

Research Topic:  Electrical conductivity of PPy(DBS)

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Neelanjan Lahiri
nlahiri@berkeley.edu
Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Ryan Lentz
rylentz98@gmail.com
Poolesville High School
Summer 2015

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Benjy Levi
benjy.levi@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Dec. 2011 - Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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M. Vidhiaza Leviandhika
vidhiaza@terpmail.umd.edu
Materials Science and Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Nathalie Lefevre
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2009

Research Topic:  Ion transport in PPy(DBS)

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Grace Lin
grceln@umd.edu
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Julian Lofton
lofton.julian@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2015
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Bruck

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for soft robots

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Kaitlin J. Miller
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2010, 2011

Research Topics:  Exfoliated-graphite/elastomer strain gauges, microfluidics

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Tom Miller
Mechanical Engineering
Sept. 2008 – Aug. 2009

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

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Mylene Motsebo
Mechanical Engineering
Fall 2012 - Summer 2013

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

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Bilal Naved
bilalnaved@gmail.com
BioEngineering, UMCP
Spring - Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

Journal Publication:

1.  D. Sritharan, A. S. Chen, P. Aluthgama, B. Naved, and E. Smela, " Bubble-free electrokinetic flow with propylene carbonate," Electrophoresis (in press) (2015).

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Tristan Neumann
Bourges School of Engineering (ENSIB), France
Summer Intern, 2010

Research Topic:  Pressure-sensitive glove

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Ethan Nusbaum
Mechanical Engineering
Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Dielectric elastomer actuators

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Manoutra Nayeck
mnayeck@gmail.com
BioEngineering, UMCP
Summer 2012 - Summer 2013

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

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Nick Papavizas
nickpapa91@verizon.net
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2012, Summer 2013

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Xavier Pelle
ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France
Summer Intern, 2010

Research Topic:  "Osmoboat"

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Jay Schaefer
Engineering
Sept. 2008– Aug. 2010

Assistant to Dr. Smela

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Brent Snyder
blizzardwater@yahoo.com
Mechanical Engineering
, Mathematics
Feb. 2011– Aug. 2012
Currently: UT Dallas

Research Topic:  Compliant electrodes

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Rebecca Stevick
rjstevick@gmail.com
BioEngineering, UMCP
Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Cell-based sensing

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James A. Tigue
jtigue10@msn.com
Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
Summer 2014
Currently: University of Utah

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Julia Tumbic
Syracuse University, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
NSF REU Student, Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

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Justin Turner
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2013

Research Topic:  Nastic actuators

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Lauren White
Mechanical Engineering
Spring 2008 A. James Clark School of Engineering Dean's List
Dec. 2007 – May 2008
Currently: Department of the Navy, North Carolina
co-supervisor:   Sean Humbert, Aerospace Engineering

Research Topic:  Hooks to hold fruit flies in a magnetic field

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James Wissman
Mechanical Engineering
Fall 2011- Summer 2012
Currently:   Carnegie Mellon

Research Topic:  Compliant electrodes

Journal Publications:

J. Wissman, A. Perez-Rosado, A. Edgerton, B. M. Levi, Z. N. Karakas, M. Kujawski, A. Philipps, N. Papavizas, D. Fallon, H. A. Bruck, and E. Smela, "New compliant strain gauges for self-sensing dynamic deformation of flapping wings on miniature air vehicles," Smart Mater. Struct., 22 085031 (2013).

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Daniel Yoo
perusian326@gmail.com
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Brianna Woodbury
brianna.woodbury@uconn.edu
Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Connecticut
Summer 2015

Research Topic:  Mapping nucleic acid in tissue sections

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Vincent Wu
vwu@terpmail.umd.edu
Mechanical Engineering, UMCP
Summer 2014

Research Topic:  Compliant strain gauges for flapping wing MAV

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Nariman Ziaee
ziaeen@yahoo.com
BioEngineering, UMCP
Summer 2013

Research Topic:  2D-PCR

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Rebecca Zubajlo
rzubajlo@terpmail.umd.edu
BioEngineering, UMCP
Spring & Summer 2012

Research Topic:  Microfluidic sorting and concentration

1.  J. M. Burke, R. E. Zubajlo, E. Smela, and I. M. White, "High-throughput particle separation and concentration using spiral inertial filtration," Biomicrofluidics, 8(2), 024105 (2014).


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2002 - 2003
Abraham Daiub
2004 - 2005
Matthias Duerkop
2002
Vikansha Dwivedi
2003 - 2004
Michael Furst
2007
Matthias Irmscher
2004
Eric Jones
2002
Jason LeBlanc
2005
Svetlana Litvinova
2002 - 2003
Selin Mariadhas
2004
Steve Mitchell
2001 - 2002
Marco Nehmitz
2004-2005
Bukola Olagbaju
2006
Sebastian Perez
2007-2008
Liz Wabik

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Angela Bryl
Stephanie Gauby
Caitlin Roberts
Kriti Srivastava
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Summer 2004
Colleen Gavigan
Rachael Germansky
Karen Guralnick
Kathy Ha

 


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