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Elisabeth SmelaDr. Elisabeth Smela

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 2112 Glenn L. Martin Hall (Building 088)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742  USA

Brief Biography

  • Research Scientist, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Senior Scientist, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark
  • Vice President of Research and Development, Santa Fe Science and
    Technology, Inc. (SFST), New Mexico
  • since 2000, University of Maryland


  • BS, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Honors and Awards

  • Woman of Influence, the President's Commission on Women's Issues, University of Maryland, 2019
  • EAPromising European Researcher Award from the European Society for Electromechanically Active Polymer Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP), 2015
  • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
    (PECASE), 2004 (converted from CAREER award, 2003)
  • E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, UMD, 2004
  • Outstanding Invention of 2004, Office of Technology Commercialization, UMD
    cell sensor based pathogen detection
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2003
  • Danish Research Councils Talent Project award, 1998
  • NSF Fellow, Summer Institute in Japan, 1991

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the use of organic materials in microsystems, particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS.  Further information can be found in the Research pages of this site.

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Contact Information

Phone: +1 (301) 405-5265

Fax: +1 (301) 314-9477

Email:  smela@umd.edu

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