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Contact Info:
200 Boston Ave., Room 2705
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Secondary office location:
177 College Ave., Room 110

Labs:
200 Boston Ave.,
Room 2603 & 2711

and
200 Boston Ave.,
Rooms 2711, 2713-2715


Tel: 617.627.2210
or 617.627.0926
Fax: 617.627.3058
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Robert D. White
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Education

Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Michigan, 2005
B.S., MS. (Mechanical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999

Research Interests

Prof. White's research interests focus on 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.

Tufts Micro- and Nano-Fabrication Facility (TMNF)

Prof. White directs the Tufts Micro- and Nano-Fabrication Facility, a multiple user, multiple PI, multiple department core facility for the fabrication of microscale and nanoscale devices of all types. The facility brings together researchers from Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, and Biomedical Engineering, as well as Chemists and Biologists to develop a variety of new microsensors, microactuators, micro- and nano-electronics, and BioMEMS. Review the website for more information.

Microscale Sensors and Systems Laboratory

Prof. White's focused research occurs in the Microscale Sensors and Systems Laboratory, where we pursue device development and engineering science in micro- and nano-technology, with an emphasis on acoustic sensing, wind tunnel instrumentation, dynamic systems, and robotic systems. Recent projects include MEMS microphone and shear sensor arrays for aeroacoustics, an acoustic Doppler velocity measurement system, modeling and characterization of capacitive micromachined ultrasound (cMUT) transducers for biomedical ultrasound, MEMS actuators and sensors for soft-material robots, MEMS surface stress sensors for CMP, experimental physical models of the inner ear, and rapid nano-embossing of optical patterns in silk biopolymer thin films. Review the website for more information.

Professional Positions

2013 Ames Associate, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
2011-present Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2005-2011 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2000-2005 NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Rackham Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1999-2000 MEMS Test Engineer, C. S. Draper Labs, Cambridge, MA
1998-1999 Draper Fellow, C. S. Draper Labs, Cambridge, MA