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September 5, 2018
For the new semester, 3 undergraduate
researchers will be working in the lab
Brian Reaney will work on
Aluminum Nitride Piezoelectric Microsystems, Spencer Schmid will be
working as a NSF LSAMP Scholar (topic to be determined), and Martin
Majkut will continue his summer work on foam robots. Glad to have
everyone in the lab!
September 4, 2018
Nikolas Kastor defended his PhD thesis
on Design, Manufacturing and Control of Soft Foam Robots!
been a member of the microscale sensors and systems lab since 2012,
when he started his part time MS thesis. He has been full time at
Tufts as a PhD student since 2014. Niko will be moving to Yon
Visell's lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, to start a
postdoctoral position in haptics and touch perception in robotics. Congratulations, Niko!!
July 31, 2018
Haotian "Arthur" Zhao completed his research project on acoustic arrays using MEMS microphones. Arthur will be starting full time as a engineer at Vesper MEMS in Boston.
May 23, 2018
Martin Majkut, Mechanical Engineering rising senior, joined the group as a Tufts summer scholar working on soft material robotics.
May 1, 2018
Daniela Torres presented a paper and won best student paper award:
Daniela Torres, Caprice Gray-Haley, Tony Kopa, Brian Smith, Sara Baron, Peter Lewis, and Robert White "Co-fabrication of micro-coaxial interconnects and substrate junctions for multi-chip microelectronic systems"
International Microelectronics and Packaging Society New England Chapter Symposium and Expo (May 1, 2018)
BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD
April 17-20, 2018
Three MS students defended their theses successfully!
- Xinyu Shi, "Ultrasound Transducers for a Simplified Martian Acoustic Anemometer", MS Thesis, Tufts University, 2018.
- Gardy Ligonde, "A Micromachined Torsional Electric Field Sensor", MS Thesis, Tufts University, 2018.
- Daniela Torres, "An In-Situ Microcoaxial Fabrication and Attachment Strategy", MS Thesis, Tufts University, 2018.
Feb 12, 2018
Haotian "Arthur" Zhao has joined the group as a research engineer. Arthur will work on arrays of MEMS microphones for directional sensing in consumer product applications. This work is in collaboration with Vesper MEMS.
Dec 20, 2017
A sponsored research agreement was signed with Vesper MEMS. The purpose of the work is to investigate "Arrays of MEMS Microphones for Directional Sensing". The contract runs from Feb 1 - July 31 and will allow us to hire a staff research engineer.
Nov 6, 2017
A paper many years in the making was accepted to Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
Nikolas Kastor, Zhengxin Zhao, and Robert D. White, Multiphysics Model Investigating Performance of a Micromachined Floating Element Shear Stress Sensor, accepted to Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2017.
Sept 22, 2017
A Letter to the Editor of the Journal to Soft Robotics authored by Nikolas Kastor, Vishesh Vikas, Eliad Cohen and Prof. White has just published. We are interested to hear the response from the community on these thoughts.
Nikolas Kastor, Vishesh Vikas, Eliad Cohen, and Robert D. White, A Definition of Soft Materials for Use in the Design of Robots, Journal of Soft Robotics, vol 4, no 3, September 2017, pp. 181-182.
Sept 15, 2017.
Wang Kyung-Sung has completed his postdoctoral associate reserach with the group and has left Tufts to seek a career in the MEMS industry. We wish Wang all the best and hope that he will be back at Tufts often to visit and to continue working with us.
Sept 13, 2017.
A Tescan Vega 3 scanning electron microscope
has just been installed in the Tufts Micro and Nano Fab. The microscope will allow
imaging of nanoscale samples down to sub 10 nm resolution, and will
allow electron beam lithography processes for writing features at the
sub 100 nm scale. We are excited about the opportunities this will
afford students and researchers at Tufts, and are grateful to the
Richard H Lufkin Memorial Trust for providing the funding to make this
Ernest Kabuye successfully defended his masters of science thesis, "Influence of Surgeon Technique on Screw Pullout Strength in Spinal Fusion Surgery". Congratulations, Ernest!
June 27-30, 2017
PhD student Nikolas Kastor will be traveling
to Sapporo, Japan to deliver a paper at the Adaptive Motion in Animals
and Machines workshop (AMAM 2017). His foam robot will also
make an appearance in the "Robot Zoo".
Nikolas Kastor, Ritwika Mukherjee, Eliad Cohen, Vishesh Vikas,
Barry Trimmer and Robert D. White, SLABot: An Experiment in the Design
of Soft Bodied Robots, demonstration at the Robot Zoo, in the 8th
International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines,
AMAM 2017, Sapporo, Japan, June 27 - 30, 2017.
Nikolas Kastor, Ritwika Mukherjee, Eliad Cohen, Vishesh Vikas,
Barry Trimmer and Robert D. White, Locomotion of a Simple Foam Robot
in the 8th International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and
Machines, AMAM 2017, Sapporo, Japan, June 27 - 30, 2017.
June 21, 2017. An article by MS student Peter Lewis (now at Draper labs) is on the cover of Advancing Microelectronics Magazine.
Peter Lewis, Robert White, and Brian Smith, "Lessons Learned in the Implementation of Aerosol Jet Printing for Fabricating Multilayer Circuit Boards" in Advancing Microelectronics Magazine: May 2017, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 12-15. PDF of the paper. News article on the Tufts site.
June 14, 2017. Our paper (primarily driven by Cassandra and others in Barry Trimmer's group!) was accepted to IROS.
Cassandra M. Donatelli, Zachary T. Serlin, Piers Echols-Jones, Anthony
E. Scibelli, Alexandra Cohen, Jeanne-Marie Musca, Shane Rozen-Levy,
David Buckingham, Robert White, and Barry A. Trimmer, "Soft Foam Robot
with Caterpillar-Inspired Gait Regimes for Terrestrial Locomotion" in
the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and
Systems (IROS 2017), Vancouver, CA, September 24-28, 2017.
June 5, 2017. Xinyu "Henry" Shi joined the group as a research assistant. He will be working on ultrasound transducers for sonic anemometry on Mars.
June 5, 2017. Camille Mbayo joined the group as a summer scholar. She will be working on Aluminum Nitride thin film piezoelectric materials for MEMS microphones and ultrasound transducers.
May 3, 2017. Camille Mbayo presents her undergraduate research project "Measurement of Stress-Strain Curves in an Open Cell Polyurethane Foam" at the ME94 poster session.
May 2, 2017. Two papers were presented by graduate students Daniela Torres and Nikolas Kastor at the 44th iMAPS (international microelectronics assembly and packaging society) New England Symposium and Expo. Both papers won best student paper awards!!!
Daniela A. Torres, S.C Barron, A. Kopa, M.R Miller, A.P Magyar,
P.H. Lewis, M.W. Meinhold, C.L. Gray and R.D White, "Fabrication and
Characterization of Novel Low Inductance Micro-Coaxial Cables", in the
44th iMAPS New England Symposium and Expo, Boxborough, MA, May 2,
2017. [Best Student Paper Award #1]
Nikolas Kastor and Robert D. White, "Fabrication of Conformal Electronics Packaging with Microfluidic Eutectic Metal Interconnects", in the 44th iMAPS New England Symposium and Expo, Boxborough, MA, May 2, 2017. [Best Student Paper Award #2]
April 28, 2017. Prof. White received the "Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award" for the School of Engineering as recommended by the Graduate Student Council.
April 10, 2017. Xinyu "Henry" Shi will join the group this summer as a Research Assistant working on ultrasound transducers for our NASA program "A Simplified Martian Acoustic Anemometer".
March 27, 2017. Camille Mbayo was selected as a Tufts Summer Scholar and will work in the lab this summer on "Aluminum Nitride as a Stepping-stone for Scandium Doped Aluminum Nitride".
March 2017. Our contract with Vesper MEMS for "Scandium Doped Aluminum Nitride as a Material for MEMS Acoustic Sensors" was Ammended with additional funds to extend the contract through September.
February 2017. National Institute for Aerospace subcontract from NASA "MEMS Surface Shear Sensors" awarded to the group.
Sept 29, 2016. Paper published by Prof. Zenyuk and graduate student Dinesh Sabarirajan using ALD platinum from our lab for fuel cell electrode arrays:
Dinesh C. Sabarirajan, James Vlahakis, Robert D. White, Iryna
V. Zenyuk, "Electrochemical Characterization of Free-standing Platinum
Nanoelectrode Array Using Atomic Layer Deposition for Polymer
Electrolyte Fuel Cells", Transactions of the Electrochemical Society,
75(14) pp. 747-255, 2016.
Sept 1, 2016. Daniela Torres and Kevin Ligonde are now graduate students in the group, working as Draper Fellows at Draper Labs and pursuing their MS degrees with us.
May 5, 2016. Undergraduate student Kevin Ligonde defended his Bachelors of Science thesis.
Gardy Kevin Ligonde, "Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers for Martian Anemometry", Bachelors of Science Thesis, Tufts University, May 5, 2016.
May 4, 2016. Undergraduate student Daniela Torres defended her Bachelors of Science thesis.
Daniela Torres, "MEMS Shear Sensor", Bachelors of Science Thesis, Tufts University, May 4, 2016.
May 2, 2016. PhD student Nikolas Kastor, MS student Peter Lewis, and Prof. White all gave talks at the 43rd IMAPS (international microelectronics assembly and packaging society) New England Symposium.
Nikolas Kastor and Robert D. White, "Liquid Metal Interconnects
for Conformable Sensor Packaging Enabling Inertial Measurements of
Animals and Soft Robots" in the 43rd iMAPS New England Symposium and
Expo, Boxborough, MA, May 3, 2016.
Robert D. White, Peter Lewis, and Brian Smith "Packaging of MEMS
for Aerodynamic Measurements" in the 43rd iMAPS New England Symposium
and Expo, Boxborough, MA, May 3, 2016. Invited talk.
Peter Lewis, Brian Smith and Robert D. White,"Printed Transceiver
Circuit for System-on-chip Sensor and Processor" in the 43rd iMAPS New
England Symposium and Expo, Boxborough, MA, May 3, 2016.
April 25, 2016. PhD candidate Nikolas Kastor joins a group of
Tufts students from Mechanical Engineering, Biology and Computer
Science at Soft Robotics Week 2016 in Livorno Italy. The students
have 3 devices that will compete in the RoboSoft
Grand Challenge - two in the Terrestrial Race event, and 1 in the
April 20, 2016. Graduate student Peter Lewis defended his Masters of Science thesis.
Lewis, P. "Aerosol Jet Deposited Conductors and Dielectrics for
Rapid Fabrication of Heterogeneous Electronic Systems", M.S. Thesis,
Tufts University, May 2016. LINK
to the thesis at the Tufts library.
January 7, 2016. Dr. Wang-kyung Sung officially joined the group as a postdoctoral scholar. Wang will be working on piezoelectric materials for acoustic microsystems.
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