People

Lab Director

Professor Placid Matthew Ferreira

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Email pferreir@nospam59c7d0a6cdc6c.illinois.edu
Title Department Head and Tungchao Julia Lu Professor
Department Mechanical Science and Engineering
Office 144 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W Green St.
Urbana, IL, 61801

Visiting Scholars and Post-Docs

Dr. Kyle Jacobs

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Biography

Dr. Kyle joined the group in 2007 after he recieved his undergraduate degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He earned his PhD and Masters degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2011 and 2016, respectively, while developing a new process for Solid-State Superionic Stamping, a manufacturing process that allows low cost, nanoscale patterning of silver films. Today, Kyle is a post-doc in the group and his work includes machine and process design as well as materials processing and fabrication techniques. He is currently working on developing new fabrication processes using low-Tg superionic glass molds and substrates.

Email kjacobs5@nospam59c7d0a6d0917.illinois.edu

Fujun Wang

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Fujun Wang joined the group in 2013 as a visiting scholar. He received the B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation from Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China, in 2005, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He became an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University in 2010. His current research interests include micro/nano manufacturing, micro/nano manipulation and positioning techniques, dynamics and control, flexure actuator and robots. He has published more than 15 papers in peer reviewed journals and 20 papers in international conferences. Now he is working on the design and control of MEMS microgrippers for Micro/nano manipulation/assembly.
Email wangfujun@nospam59c7d0a6d1806.tju.edu.cn

PhD Students

Jorge Correa

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Jorge first joint the group in 2011 as a visiting scholar after graduating from his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering at EAFIT university at Colombia. After that, he continued at Illinois as MS/PHD student. His research focuses on the design and fabrication of flexible and MEMS systems for precision engineering  applications such as micro force sensors, data storage devices, scanning probe microscopy actuators, micro optical lens scanners and nanoindentors.

Email jcorre20@nospam59c7d0a6d42f1.illinois.edu

Shama Farabi

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Shama joined the group in 2013 as a PhD student. He finished his BS from Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh in 2007 and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2012. His reasearch focus is to develop a new electrochemical manufacturing technique for making high aspect ratio metal microstructures using photoconductive electrodes.

Email barna1@nospam59c7d0a6d5f80.illinois.edu

Nishana Ismail

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Nishana Ismail joined the group in 2014 as a PhD student. She obtained her masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and a Bachelors degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut in 2008. Prior to starting her masters program she was a Product Engineering trainee with Deere & Company, India. Her research area is on developing novel devices and applications of Micro Transfer Printing with a focus on health monitoring and micro fluidics.

Email nismail3@nospam59c7d0a6d7b6c.illinois.edu

Bonjin Koo

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Bonjin received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University at West Lafayette in 2008. He joined Prof. Ferreira’s group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 as a MS/PhD student. His research focuses on manufacturing multiple degree of freedom micro/nano positioning stages and developing control schemes of MEMS devices. Mr. Koo develops high-yield fabrication process of 1D/2D/3D MEMS positioning stages based on conventional photolithography on SOI(silicon on insulator) wafer. He is also interested in implementing closed-loop control of the fabricated MEMS stages to increase performance for the various applications.

Email koo7@nospam59c7d0a6d9782.illinois.edu

Nick Toombs

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Nick joined Professor Ferreira’s group as an undergraduate research assistant while pursuing his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He continued at Illinois in 2013 as an Masters student. His research focuses on Laser Micro Transfer Printing and heterogeneous material integration. He is working to reduce the temperature of the laser transfer printing process to extend the life of the elastomeric stamps and to enable printing of temperature sensitive components and materials.

Email toombs2@nospam59c7d0a6db3f3.illinois.edu

Former Group Members

Former Group Members

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Bruno Azeredo (PhD, 2016) is now at ASU, Numair Ahmed (PhD, 2015) is now at Intel, Keng H. Hsu (Post Doc, 2013) is now at ASU; Ala’a Alkolaily (PhD, 2014) is now at LAM Research Coorporation; Phil Graf (MS, 2012) is now at NanoTerra; Greg Eisenmann (MS, 2013) is now at KJWW Engineering Consultants; Reza Saeidpour (PostDoc, 2013) is now at Brooks Automation; Steven Elgan (MS, 2012) is now at US Army; and many others who graduated prior to 2012.