amit_1Prof. Amit Lal
Principal Investigator

Phillips Hall 118
Ithaca, NY 14853

Prof. Lal obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now a professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds >30 patents and has published >190 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. He has served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and the Whitaker Foundation Award. With his students he has won several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.

The current focus of his research is on: (1) Gigahertz Ultrasonic for chip-scale communications, sensing, and computation, (2) Near zero power sensors for long-lifetime IoT, (3) Ultrasonic inertial sensors based on surafce acoustic waves, (4) Long term stable sensors that utilize laser locked to optical transitions of alkali metals as Constant-of-Nature on chip, (5) Bulk PZT sensors and actuators, and (6) Chip-scale manipulation of electron and ion beams.

In addition to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Lal is a field member of Biomedical Engineering,  Applied Engineering Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. He is a member of Cornell CCMR, NBTC, and KAUST-CU Centers.

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Vinay Kumar
Research interests: Wafer scale accelerators, piezoelectrical actuators, biomedical piezoelectric actuators
Benyamin Davaji
Research interests: GHz Ultrasonic microfluidics, SAW transformers, SAW inertial sensors, zero power sensors systems

Ph.D. Students

visarute pintodVisarute Pinrod
Research interests: Inertial Sensor Calibration, zero power PZT sensors
sachin nadigSachin Nadig
Research interests: Inertial sensor calibration, PZT gyroscopes, piezoelectric sensors
justin kuoJustin Kuo
Research interests: Chip-scale GHz sonar and memory
tiffany st bernardTiffany St. Bernard
Research interests: Ultrasonic neural excitation
joe millerJoseph Miller
(Shared with Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornell Biomedical Engineering)
Research interests: MEMS high energy accelerators, MEMS current amplifiers
ved gundVed Gund
Research interests: Vaporizable electronics, graphene thermo electromechanical systems, radioisotope sensors
alexruyackAlex Ruyack
(Shared with Paul McEeun, Cornell Department of Physics)
Research interests: Vaporizable electronics, graphene sensors, piezoelectric microphones
image001Mamdouh Abdelmajeed
Research interests: Chip-scale sonar for imaging
Leanna Pancoast
Research interests: NEMS switches, sleep monitoring
Adarsh Ravi
Research interests: Chip scale sonar and acoustic wave filters 
image001Yutong Liu

M.Eng Students:

_MG_4312Di Ni
Research interest: energy harvesting

Undergraduate Students

Nathan Lambert


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