M2M Forum® 2012
Carnegie Mellon University Site Tour & Research Overview
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
M2M Forum kicks off with an afternoon site visit to Carnegie Mellon University where attendees will have the opportunity to tour CMU MEMS research labs and interact with professors and graduate students. The event kicks off with an introduction by Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group and Maarten de Boer, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering followed by an overview of MEMS activities at CMU by Gary Fedder, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of The Robotics Institute, and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).

Attendees will then have the opportunity to see the research up close in areas including microfluidics, tip-based nanofabrication, micro/Nanofabrication, MEMS test, SEM, TEM, X-ray, AFM, micro-CT, Electrical characterization, Neural probes, Soft robotics, Multi-scale manufacturing, Micro/nanorobotics, and AlN MEMS. The site visit will conclude with networking and snacks.
Singleton Room, Carnegie Mellon University Campus
5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel to catch the bus to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for the site tour
12:30 pm Bus leaves the Renaissance Hotel for CMU
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
CMU Research Overview
  • Welcome and logistics, Maarten de Boer, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering , CMU/ Karen Lightman,
  • CMU MEMS overview, Gary Fedder, Director ICES; Professor ECE/Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University
1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Lab Tours Divide into groups and tour the labs. A representative from each lab will give a short talk about the lab capabilities.  The confirmed labs demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Microfluidics 
  • Micro/Nanofabrication
  • MEMS testing in controlling environments
  • SEM, TEM, X-Ray, AFM and Micro-CT
  • Electrical characterization
  • Soft robotics
  • Multi-scale manufacturing
  • Micro/nanorobotics
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poster session, Snacks and Networking in Singleton Room

5:00 pm
Return to Renaissance Hotel
Poster Session
Posters include (but are not limited to):
  • "Minimum and maximum strength of polysilicon in MEMS" - Mohamed Saleh and Maarten de Boer, CMU MechE
  • "Three axis capacitance based force sensor for the dynamic characterization of nanoNewton range forces in biological systems" - Jessica Lo, Kristen Dorsey, Ryan Pocratsky and Maarten de Boer,  CMU ECE and MechE
  • "Controlling environment and contact materials to optimize ohmic microswitch lifetimes" Vitali Brand and Maarten de Boer, CMU MechE
  • "Piezoelectric Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems" - Augusto Tazzoli and Gianluca Piazza, CMU ECE
  • "Microfluidics for Soft Stretchable Circuits and Sensors" - Andrew Fassler and Carmel Majidi, CMU MechE
  • "Probing MEMS in an environmentally controlled chamber using long working distance interferometry"Emrecan Soylemez and Maarten de Boer, CMU MechE
  • "Si-CMOS-MEMS Technology for Inertial Sensors" - Yu-Jen (Dylan) Fang, Tamal Mukeherjee, Gary Fedder ECE 
  • Implantable Left Ventricular Pressure Sensor -Chenyang Wu, Lionel Wong, Ahmad Khairi, Nathan Lazarus, Gary Fedder, Jeyanandh Paramesh, Lee Weiss, Phil Campbell, Larry Schultz, Dr. David Schwartzman BME, ECE, RI, UPMC
  • "Statistical Element Selection for RF N/MEMS Resonator Oscillators" Sean Yen, Gary Fedder, Tamal Mukherjee  ECE
  • Stirling Microcooler Array with Elemental In-Plane Flow Jason Gao, Dongzhi Guo, Ying-Ju (Ivy) Yu, Suresh Santhanam, David Wolf, William Anderson, Matt Moran, Alan McGaughey, Shi-Chune Yao, Gary Fedder MechE, ECE, ACT, Isotherm Inc.
  • "Integrated MEMS Chemical Sensing" Kristen L. Dorsey, Nathan Lazarus, and Gary Fedder, CMU ECE
  • "Dielectric Charging Behavior in CMOS MEMS"Kristen L. Dorsey and Gary Fedder, CMU ECE
  • "Nonlinear parametric resonance" - Congzhong Guo and Gary Fedder, CMU ECE
  • "Ultra-Compliant Neural Probe and Biodissolvable Delivery Vehicle" Peter Gilgunn, Gary Fedder, Rakesh Khilwani, Burak Ozdoganlar, TDY Koza, Doug Weber, X Tracy Cu, Getz Erdos, CMU ECE and MechE, U. Pitt 
  • "Alternative micro-manufacturing techniques" - Burak Ozdoganlar, CMU MechE
  • "Dynamic analysis for microsystems" - Burak Ozdoganlar, CMU MechE
After returning to the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, attendees will reconvene for a dinner and networking with a guest speaker.