Microscale Sensors and Systems

Robert White, Mech. Eng.









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Areas of interest:

Micro- and Nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) sensors and actuators, microfabrication processes and materials, and computational modeling of micro-electromechanical systems. These interests are directed towards device development and engineering science in micro- and nano-technology, with an emphasis on acoustic sensing, wind tunnel instrumentation, dynamic systems, and robotic systems.


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News:

2016

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.

2015

December 1, 2016. Boris Raskin successfully defended his MS thesis, "Aeroelastic Characteristics of a Rapid Prototype Multi-Material Wind Tunnel Model of a Mechanically Deployable Aerodynamic Decelerator".

November 30, 2015. Dr. Wang-kyung Sung will be joining the group as a postdoctoral scholar. His visa was just approved!

October 23, 2015. Daniela Torres and Kevin Ligonde presented posters at the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Poster Symposium.

Kevin Ligonde and Robert D. White, "Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers For Martian Anemometry" , presented at the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Poster Symposium, NeLSAMP 2015, October 23, 2015.

Daniela Torres and Robert D. White, "Fabrication of a MEMS Floating Element Shear Sensor Array for 2D Pressure Gradient and Shear Stress Sensitivity Measurements", presented at the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Poster Symposium, NeLSAMP 2015, October 23, 2015.

October 23, 2015. Prof. White applied for a US patent with collaborators from Music and Electrical Engineering.

Paul D. Lehrman, Chris Penny, Cody Chen, Noel Hwang, Robert White, "Synthesizer with Cymbal Actuator", US patent application Serial No. 14/921,267, filed October 23, 2015.

October 20-23, 2015. Prof. White traveled to Toronto to participate in a wind tunnel test with Bombardier Aerospace at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Testing of the 64 element Tufts MEMS microphone array was conducted alongside Knowles and B&K transducers.

September 25, 2015. James Magarian, Prof. Matson and Prof. White had a paper accepted to the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.

Magarian, J., White, R. D., and Matson, D., "Real-Time Acoustic and Pressure Characterization of Two-Phase Flow for Quality Control of Expanded Polystyrene Injection Molding Processes", Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, accepted article, article in press, 2015

September 21, 2015.

Max Hill has accepted a position at Hstar Technologies working on medical robots. He will take a leave of absence from the PhD program. Good luck Max! We hope you come back.


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Research Videos:

MEMS microphone array-on-a-chip for measuring small scale turbulent pressure fluctuations in wind tunnel testing. January 2013.

MEMS floating element shear stress sensor for direct dynamic skin friction measurement at high spatial resolution in wind tunnel testing. January 2013.

MEMS ultrasonic velocity sensing technology for mobile navigation systems using high frequency in-air ultrasonics. January 2013.


Teaching Videos:

Three Dimensional Passive Dynamic Walker for Soft Robotics IGERT Bootcamp August 2014. Credit to Russ Tedrake, et al, ICRA 2004 for the idea.

Model rocket launch with data acquisition and modeling for ME37: Dynamics & Vibrations, Fall 2012.

Four bar linkage dynamics design/test for ME37: Dynamics & Vibrations, Fall 2012.

Lego "Segway" balancing robot using the NXT with a Kalman filter and full state feedback. For ME80: System Dynamics and Controls, Spring 2012

Finite state machine example using Arduino, lego, and Matlab for ME80: System Dynamics and Controls, Spring 2012