Principal investigators familiar with MFF and related research offer their expertise to facility users. Contact the managing director if you would like your name added to the knowledge base contact list.

Ye Sun

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Cyber-Physical System
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Factors in Transportation

Research Interests

  • Wearable sensors and electronics
  • Wearable robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Human factors

Parisa Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials
  • Stem cell and tissue engineering
  • Nano-biomaterials
  • Mechanical characterization of advanced materials
  • Sensors and actuators in medical device
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)

Paul L. Bergstrom

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Micromachining materials and process technologies
  • Inertial pressure
  • Nanoscaled technologies enabling nanoelectronic devices
  • Technologies for the monolithic integration of sensors and actuators with electronics

Sajjad Bigham

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Lou and Herbert Wacker Professorship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy-Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Management
  • Multiphase Flows and Phase-change Phenomena
  • Energy Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-fabrication Techniques

Research Interests

  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Microscale Physics of Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer
  • Interfacial Transport Phenomena at Extreme Temperatures and Pressures
  • Multiphase Systems under Harsh Operating Conditions
  • HVAC&R Systems
  • Desalination Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-engineered Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage Devices

Chang Kyoung Choi

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Microscopic Imaging Techniques
  • Micro-/nano-fabrications
  • Cellular Sensing & Single Protein Tracking

Research Interests

  • Opto-electric Cellular Sensing
  • Microfluidics and Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Droplet Impingement on Patterned Metal Surfaces
  • Evaporation of Thin Films and Droplets
  • Multiscale Interface Phenomena
  • Neutron imaging
  • Fluid Flow-induced Shear Effect on Chondrons; Regeneration of pericellular matrix from chondrocytes using microencapsulation;

Durdu Guney

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Metamaterials, metasurfaces, photonic crystals, plasmonics
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum computing, communications, and cryptography
  • Optical imaging
  • Magneto-optics
  • Photovoltaics

Sang Yoon Han

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advisor, Korean Student Association

Research Interests

Lab Webpage

Research Interests

  • Mechanobiology
  • Traction force by a living cell
  • Cell adhesion and migration
  • Image data modeling
  • Machine learning
  • BioMEMS

Caryn Heldt

  • Director, Health Research Institute
  • James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors

Julia A. King

  • Professor Emerita, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Thermally and electrically conductive resins/composites

Bruce P. Lee

  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Biomimetic, bio-inspired materials
  • Biointerface
  • Antimicrobial and antifouling coatings
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Tissue adhesives

Miguel Levy

  • Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Nonreciprocal Phenomena

Christopher Middlebrook

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Physics

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Photonic Devices
  • Optics
  • Infrared Detection
  • Electronic Design and Manufacturing

Adrienne Minerick

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • President, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Research Interests

  • Microdevices
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Nonlinear electrophoresis

Rebecca G. Ong

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Programs, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Courses Taught

  • CM5300 – Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • CM3979/ENT3979 – Alternative Energy Processes and Technologies
  • CM4125 - Bioprocess Engineering Lab

Research Interests

  • Lignocellulosic-Based Biofuels and Biomaterials
  • Sustainability of Bioenergy Production Systems

Lei Pan

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Particulate Separation
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Process Modelling

Kathryn A. Perrine

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Surface chemistry and interfacial science
  • Bridging reactions at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces under model (ultra-high vacuum) and real (near ambient pressure) conditions
  • Designing metal-oxide architectures and nanostructures on various substrates; Atomic Layer Deposition and tailored growth approaches
  • Growth, properties, and reactions on heterogeneous structures for energy and environmental applications

Smitha Rao Hatti

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing
Russell Stein

Russell Stein

  • Research Engineer, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Jae Yong Suh

  • Associate Professor, Physics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Light-matter interactions and quantum optics on nanoscale platforms (i.e. nanostructures)
  • Coherent and nonlinear processes in metal or semiconductor nanocavities
  • Time-resolved laser spectroscopy and nanofabrications

Yoke Khin Yap

  • University Professor
  • Professor of Physics, Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program
  • Osaka University Global Alumni Fellow, MTU Faculty Fellow

Teaching Interests

  • Solid-State Physics
  • Optics
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology)
  • Electromagnetism

Research Interests

  • Controlled synthesis of 0D, 1D, and 2D materials (Nanotubes, 2D layered materials, Nanowires, Quantum Dots, and their heterostructures, etc.).
  • Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, heterojunctions, heterostructures, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.
  • Creative use of nanomaterials for advanced electronics, quantum switching, energy harvesting, environmental, chemical and biomedical applications.

Feng Zhao

  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering


  • Physical and chemical mechanisms guiding biomineralization in vascular and bone-related cell types and tissues
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Cell and tissue mechanics
  • The host response to implantable materials
  • Composite materials for hard and soft tissue engineering