Smela, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Smela
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Institute for Systems Research
A. James Clark School of Engineering
2112 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 
301-405-5265
General Research Interests: 
  • Use of organic materials in microsystems, particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS

The Laboratory for MicroTechnologies focuses on creating new technologies that combine inorganic materials (silicon chips, optical fibers, etc.) with organic materials (polymers, cells, etc.) at the micro-scale.

We have a long history of working with artificial muscles, particularly conjugated polymers and more recently dielectric elastomer actuators and nastic actuators.  
We are active in bioMEMS, working in the areas of cell-based sensing, cell manipulation, microfluidics, and PCR.
Background: 
 
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
 
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)