Smela, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Smela
Professor
Director, Laboratory for Microtechnologies
Institute for Systems Research
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2112 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
301-405-5265
301-314-9477
Research Interests 
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS. She focuses on the use of organic materials (from polymers to cells) in microsystems to realize microactuators, cell-based sensors, and CMOS/MEMS integrated systems.
Projects 
Ant-Like Micro-Robots: Fast, Small, and Under Control
Background Info 

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
University of Maryland since 2000

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Related News 

MRC faculty hosting REU summer program in bioinspired robotics
Ten undergraduate students from throughout the US are conducting research under the guidance of MRC faculty.July 21, 2017

Smela named Clark School Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Programs
She will begin serving in this position on Sept. 1.July 7, 2017

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU
Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.August 10, 2014

Bruck Named SEM Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow.June 25, 2014

Derek Paley wins PECASE Award
ISR/AE faculty member has research interests in dynamics and control.December 23, 2013

Sarah Bergbreiter wins PECASE Award
ISR/ME faculty member specializes in microrobotics.December 23, 2013

Bruck, Smela, Yu receive NSF grant for compliant multifunctional robotic structures
National Robotics Initiative grant will develop a robotic 'nervous system.'September 3, 2013

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.August 10, 2012

Antbot research profiled in Pacific Standard magazine
Article explores potential of antbots in search and rescue operationsJune 12, 2012

Ching Teo and Yezhou Yang win in Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition
Teo is advised by ISR affiliate faculty member Yiannis Aloimonos.May 24, 2011

Martins, Abshire, Smela, Bergbreiter win $1.5 million NSF grant
The team will develop self-organizing ant-sized microrobots.September 25, 2009

Gupta, Ghodssi, Shapiro part of $3 million micro air vehicles MURI
April 2004—ISR faculty will be working on "Micro Hovering Air Vehicles: Revolutionary Concepts and Navigation Advancements"April 11, 2004

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