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Ghodssi, Reza

Ghodssi, Reza

Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Former Director, Institute for Systems Research (2009-2017)
Executive Director of Research and Innovation
Fischell Institute Fellow
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Brain and Behavior Institute
Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices
2232 Kim Building

Reza Ghodssi is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Director of the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab (MSAL) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland (UMD). He is also affiliated with the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE), the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices (Fischell Institute), the Maryland NanoCenter, the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEII), and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UMD. Dr. Ghodssi's research interests are in the design and development of micro/nano/bio devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing, small-scale energy conversion and harvesting with a strong emphasis toward healthcare applications.

Dr. Ghodssi was director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) for eight years (2009-2017). During this time, he launched a number of interdisciplinary initiatives aimed at enhancing the impact of ISR research efforts on society while building a more interactive faculty, staff and student community across different disciplines in the institute. These efforts include the launch of the Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) targeted at advancing robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and applications of robotics through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary in nature and based on a systems approach. Dr. Ghodssi is the founding co-director of the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) aiming at revolutionizing the interface between engineers and neuroscientists by generating novel tools and approaches to understand complex behaviors produced by the human brain. Dr. Ghodssi’s continuous efforts in reaching out to alumni and industry colleagues resulted in a large number of industry-sponsored monthly seminar series as well as annual fellowships for graduate students and post-doctoral associates to attend conferences and an active industry-oriented mentoring ecosystem in the Systems Engineering Education program in the institute. Dr. Ghodssi served as the President-elect of the Transducer Research Foundation (TRF) from 2020 until 2022. Since June 2022, he has been serving as the new President of TRF. The TRF is a nonprofit organization in the United States whose mission is to stimulate research in science and engineering, with emphasis on technologies related to transducers, microsystems, and nanosystems, and to foster the exchange of ideas and information between academic, industrial, and government researchers.

Dr. Ghodssi's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Army Research Office (ARO), National Science Foundation (NSF), and R.W. Deutsch Foundation. He served as a chairman of the MEMS and NEMS Technical Group at the American Vacuum Society (AVS) from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Ghodssi also served as the Technical Program Committee chair for the 2020 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop (Hilton Head 2020) and the General Chair for the Hilton Head Workshop in 2022 (Hilton Head 2022). He was chair of the 9th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2009) and the 2012 NSF Workshop on Micro, Nano, Bio Systems. He also served as the Americas Technical Program Committee chair of IEEE SENSORS 2010, 2011 and 2012. He chaired the committee for the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) and Microsoft from 2007 until 2016. Dr. Ghodssi was also the lead organizer and chair of the inaugural Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop 2016 held in Madison, Wisconsin, focused on helping mid-career faculty (women and men) develop knowledge, skills, strategies, and critical networks.

Dr. Ghodssi is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, a Fellow of IEEE, AVS, and ASME, has over 160 journal publications and 349 refereed conference papers, and is the co-editor of the MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook published in 2011. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS) and Biomedical Microdevices (BMMD). He has obtained eight U.S. patents, with another ten pending. Dr. Ghodssi received the 2001 UMD George Corcoran Award, the 2002 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2003 UMD Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award. He was among 100 of the nation's outstanding engineers invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2007 and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) EU-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2010. Dr. Ghodssi was the co-founder of the MEMS Alliance in the greater Washington area and is a member of the MRS, ASEE and AAAS societies.

Honors and awards


•    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2015)

•    American Vacuum Society (2015)

•    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2015)

 Young faculty awards

•    NSF CAREER Award (2002)

University of Maryland Awards

•    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2014-2015)

•    Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland (2003)

•    George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2001)


Design and development of microfabrication technologies and processes in micro/nano/bio devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing, small- scale energy conversion and harvesting with a strong emphasis toward healthcare applications.

Ghodssi Honored With Gaede-Langmuir Award

AVS recognizes UMD faculty member for contributions to the MEMS field.

New features on ingestible capsule will deliver targeted drugs to better treat IBD, Crohn’s disease

Latest iteration of medical device features dissolving microneedles for drug delivery; external magnetic control

Forty years of MEMS research at the Hilton Head Workshop

UMD Professor Reza Ghodssi is president of Transducer Research Foundation (TRF), the organization that sponsors the event.

Ingestible Capsule Technology Research on Front Cover of Journal

University of Maryland researchers published in Advanced Healthcare Materials

Governor’s Cabinet Meeting Features Peek into Southern Maryland Research and Collaboration

Governor Wes Moore and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller tour SMART Building and MATRIX Lab; learn about partnerships

Gut Health Monitoring Gas Sensors Added to Ingestible Capsule Technology

New capabilities described in paper published in high-impact journal

New, Innovative UMD Course Teaches In-Demand Skills

‘Advanced Manufacturing Lab’ currently offered at College Park, will be in Southern Maryland in 2024

Horiuchi is PI for NSF 'ExLENT' experiential learning project

UMD's 'DREEM' project addresses the need for a domestic microelectronics industry workforce, and partners with two community colleges.

Graduate students win ISR and ECE awards

Awards given for outstanding performance, teaching, and dissertation work.

Alum Thomas Winkler receives prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Winkler will develop microchips to better understand diseases like schizophrenia

Fischell Institute Spotlight: Katie Ruland

Katie Ruland is member of Reza Ghodssi's MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab

New ‘FRRB’ packaging technology may solve an ingestible capsule challenge

The innovation, which protects fragile components, has been published in the Nature journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.

Congratulations May 2023 ISR graduates!

Here's a list of May graduates with ISR ties---at all degree levels.

University of Maryland entities partnering with defense company BlueHalo

UMD Clark School of Engineering and BlueHalo support defense mission and workforce development in Southern Maryland

ECE Names 2022-2023 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Fellowship recognizes excellence in research

Ghodssi invited speaker at NIMH workshop on sensor technologies to capture the complexity of behavior

Ghodssi talked about MSAL's work in developing systems to sense and monitor the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Leading By Example: Mentorship and Collaboration

Alum Vikram Manikonda to support ECE Graduate Students

MSAL’s work on serotonin characterization and detection results in two journal covers

Research is leading to better detection models and portable sensing devices.

Seven UMD Grand Challenges projects include ISR and MRC faculty

The $30 million program will accelerate innovative solutions to some of the world's most complex problems.

Maryland Engineers Awarded Grants to Address Humanity's Grand Challenges

Twelve projects led by or involving Maryland Engineering faculty have been awarded funding through the Grand Challenges Grants Program, the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind ever introduced at the University of Maryland.

Joshua Levy Honored With Clark Doctoral Fellows Mid-Career Award

Joshua Levy is a recipient of this year’s Clark Doctoral Fellows Mid-Career Award

Dropping an anchor for better GI tract disease treatment

UMD's new spring actuator, microneedle innovations bring therapeutic ingestible capsules for GI tract diseases closer to reality.

NAWCAD-UMD Seed Grant Review and Discussion strengthens collaboration commitment

The event emphasized research, advanced education, and outreach collaborations for the region, the state of Maryland and the nation.

High-profile visit highlights capabilities and collaborations

Navy Secretary tours SMART Building and MATRIX Lab before Navy dinner

Department Celebrates Achievements During Annual ‘Welcome Back’ Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Event recognizes outstanding achievements by students, staff and faculty.

Ghodssi named to new Clark School research and innovation position

He will lead Clark School research, partnership and outreach activities in Southern Maryland.

Undergrads and research experiences: Win! Win! Win!

Exposure to research gives undergraduate students the chance to experience career possibilities.

First Webb Space Telescope images are here

Clark School alums helped 'unfold the universe' through their work on Webb

Congratulations ISR Spring 2022 graduates!

We congratulate graduates at all levels who have ISR advisors!

Department Names 2022 Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Awardees

Awards recognize outstanding students in the final stages of their dissertation work.

UMD engineering alumni contributions aboard James Webb Space Telescope

After its successful launch Dec. 25, Webb is well on its way to full deployment and the start of its mission.

Congratulations to our December 2021 ISR graduates!

ISR advisors graduated 22 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 4 M.S.S.E. new alumni in December!

Joshua Levy wins AVS Outstanding Paper Award

The paper describes a micro-needle platform being developed for an ingestible capsule.

Frequent research collaborator Deanna Kelly named 'MPower Professor'

UMSOM Psychiatry professor has worked on mental health-related projects with Espy-Wilson, Ghodssi, Payne, among others.

Biofilm-fighting catheter insert research named 'featured article' in IEEE TBME

The research by Reza Ghodssi's research group also has led to a patent application.

Alum Faheng Zang joins Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The associate professor and microsystems specialist was a student of Reza Ghodssi.

ISR gives awards to Professor Richard La, four graduate students

ISR's annual awards ceremony was held on the Iribe Building's cantilever plaza.

Pamela Abshire is named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

She is one of six Clark School faculty honored at the university's annual convocation.

Fischell Fellowship advances visiting assistant professor’s work

Santiago Botasini is investigating microbiome-to-neuron communication.

Alum Thomas Winkler joins Technische Universität Braunschweig

He leads a junior research group that uses microsystems tools to solve life science challenges.

Alum Nima Ghalichechian joins Georgia Tech faculty

The ECE/ISR alum specializes in the applied electromagnetics of mmWave antennas and arrays.

New website showcases work of Clark School’s microelectronics researchers

The site offers a first-hand look into Maryland’s capabilities, research and education opportunities in this important field.

Alum develops bioelectric effect toothbrush

Young Wook Kim's TROMATZ toothbrush improves mouth and gum health.

Chapin, Fiaz and Mavridis win Wylie Dissertation Fellowships

The awards provide a semester of full-time support to doctoral candidates in the latter stages of writing their dissertations.

Biofilm-fighting system for urinary catheters proves effective in simulated environment

The integrated system uses electricity impedance to monitor biofilm and treats it through the bioelectric effect.

In memoriam: Dr. Radhakisan Baheti, NSF ECCS Program Director

Dr. Baheti passed away in March and will be greatly missed by ISR, ECE and the Clark School.

Lemonade from lemons: Despite COVID-19 sidelining of MEMS showcase, proceedings and papers quickly published

Special issue of IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems features innovative research from 2020 Hilton Head Workshop.

Remembering NSF ERC architect and leader Lynn Preston

Preston was a guide and friend to the Institute for Systems Research throughout its history.

Symptoms all in your head—or in your gut? Maybe a little of both.

UMD researchers are building an ingestible capsule that can monitor and model gut microbiome serotonin activity and help demystify the “gut-brain axis.”

Ashley Chapin advances as international finalist in Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Chapin is representing UMD with her video, "Demystifying the Gut-Brain Axis."

ACS presentation on 'smart marbles' featured on BioSpace website

Presentation featured Professors Bentley and Ghodssi, as well as grad student VanArsdale.

Rapidly evolving ‘smart marble’ sensors hold promise for monitoring pharmaceutical industry bioreactors and beyond

Size of the neutrally buoyant bPods has dropped from ‘baseball’ to ‘golf ball’ to ‘cherry’ in just three years.

Alumnus Hyun Jung and colleagues claim top spot in MoNuSAC challenge

Entrants developed a computer-based method for segmenting and identifying four types of cells in stained histopathology slides of tissues from human organs.

Ingestible device research advances, enters new phase

New NSF funding, Lab on a Chip paper for Ghodssi group developing minimally invasive medical devices.

Behtash Babadi promoted to associate professor

Babadi has broad research interests in statistical and adaptive signal processing, neural signal processing, and systems neuroscience.

Ashley Chapin a campus-wide winner of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Chapin’s video, “Demystifying The Gut-Brain-Axis,” reflects her dissertation work.

UMD names Derek Paley as a 2020–2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

The program recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Clark School faculty 'AIM-HI' to address major health challenges

The new UMB-UMCP program has announced its first grants for projects combining AI and medicine.

Spurring research group creativity in the time of COVID-19

Student-faculty teams that write review articles for journals reap multiple benefits.

Former post-doc Pomerantseva earns tenure at Drexel

At Maryland, the materials scientist worked in Reza Ghodssi's MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.

Alumnus Brendan Hanrahan's decade of running for medical research

The nationwide Cupid's Undie Run has raised close to $19M for Neurofibromatosis research since 2010.

Institute Hosts AMBIC December Conference, Unveils New Research

AMBIC Industry Board members and other researchers convened to discuss new and ongoing projects.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

Chapin, Bowen win in Bioscience Day poster session

The ISR Ph.D. students won in the bioengineering and neuroscience and cognitive science categories.

Alum Hyun Jung takes first place in two Pathology AI Platform Challenge tasks

Part of the MICCAI 2019 Grand Challenge for Pathology, the goal was to evaluate new and existing algorithms for automated detection of liver cancer in whole-slide images.

NSF Awards $1M Grant to UMD Researchers

The interdisciplinary project will explore the molecular connection between the gut and the nervous system.

Ghodssi Receives Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award

The award recognizes exceptionally influential research accomplishments by Clark School faculty.

Ghodssi gives distinguished lecture on devices for gastrointestinal health at EPFL in Switzerland

Trip also included visits to the Wyss Center and Imperial College London.

Students advance in Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship competition

Two ECE/ISR student teams have made it to the proposal phase.

Alum Nima Ghalichechian receives NSF CAREER Award

The Ohio State faculty member will conduct fundamental studies vital to future radio-frequency reconfigurable communication systems.

Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosts Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium

The University’s Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosted its Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium on November 14, 2018 at Adele’s in the Stamp Student Union.

Former ISR postdoc Ekaterina Pomerantseva receives NSF CAREER Award

She will create a completely new class of ceramic oxide materials with advanced charge storage capabilities, opening a door to next-generation batteries.

Biofilm treatment device receives TEDCO MII funding; paper published in IEEE TBME

In latest development, the researchers have miniaturized the platform and are able to control it through wireless signals.

NSF grant for Ghodssi, Bentley furthers research of flexible devices to combat biofilms

The researchers will combine applied microbiology with engineering disciplines to explore the complex interactions between flexible sensors, bacterial biofilms, and bioelectric treatment.

‘Smart Marbles’ hold promise for better outcomes from bioreactors

The marbles, or 'bPods,' will contain microsystems that can “eavesdrop on biology” during fermentation, cell or culture-growing processes.

Bridging the Gap between Microelectronics, Biological Systems

UMD researchers receive $1.5 M NSF grant to develop first-of-kind bioelectronics.

Three ISR faculty receive UMD Brain and Behavior Initiative seed grants

Projects featuring Fritz, Babadi and Ghodssi are among seven chosen for FY18 funding.

Book edited by Ghodssi, Lin in top 25 percent of most downloaded Springer eBooks

The MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook has had more than 71,500 chapter downloads since its publication in 2011.

UMD Celebrates Invention of Year Winners, Ventures, and Partnerships at 'Innovate Maryland'

An electric vehicle charger innovation takes home top honors for Invention of Year.

Schizophrenia drug monitoring device research featured on IEEE Sensors Letters cover

The paper culminates a four-year collaboration among Clark School, IBBR and University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers.

UMD Researchers Addressing Urinary Tract Infections by Developing Device for Detection and Treatment of Bacterial Biofilms in Catheters

Invention of the Year nominee presents new technology to detect and treat the source of catheter-associated UTIs in hospitalized patients

Work by Khaligh, Ghodssi nominated for UM 'Invention of the Year' awards

The annual awards honor exceptional inventions with the potential to influence science, society, and the free market.

Alumnus Thomas Winkler receives EU Fellowship

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship recognizes the potential of excellent, internationally mobile researchers.

Article on Maryland TMV research named 'Highlight of 2017' by the journal Nanotechnology

Authors include Faheng Zang, Sangwook Chu, Konstantinos Gerasopoulos, James Culver and Reza Ghodssi.

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms that cause post-operative infections

'Flexible impedance sensor' can fit inside urinary catheters, monitor and treat biofilms.

Research Review: Combating biofilms with microsystem devices

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms—the source of many post-operative infections; latest device can sense and treat biofilm inside urinary catheters.

Banis wins poster design award at Global Grand Challenges Summit

The event is jointly organized by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

William Regli named sixth director of ISR

Regli, an ISR alumnus, will begin his appointment in January 2018.

Nima Ghalichechian begins Ohio State tenure-track position 

Former student of Reza Ghodssi leads the RF Microsystems Research Group.

Decade of TMV research leads to never-before-seen microsystems for energy storage, biosensors and self-sustaining systems

Long-term Ghodssi-Culver partnership has used the Tobacco mosaic virus as a biological nanoscaffold for groundbreaking devices.

Former ISR postdoc Matthew McCarthy earns tenure at Drexel University

At Maryland, McCarthy worked on TMV-based superhydrophobic surfaces.

New TMV supercapacitor work featured in Nanotechweb article

Zang, Chu, Gerasopoulos, Culver and Ghodssi developed a quick and simple new approach to create a supercapacitor with nanostructured electrodes.

ISR postdoc helps develop 'nanosponge' that erases and repairs incredibly small errors

The editing tool could someday make a big impact in semiconductor, electronics and even biotechnology manufacturing—industries that use lithographic printing techniques in manufacturing.

Ghodssi, Bentley receive NSF EAGER grant to develop ingestible capsules for medical diagnosis

"Gut-Nav" capsules will be designed to detect problems in the gastro-intestinal tract, including pancreatic cancer and inflammatory bowel disease screening.

Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou receives first Susan Frazier Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Award

The annual award will help ISR postdocs defray travel expenses of presenting research at academic workshops and conferences.

Sangwook Chu to receive Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from UMD Graduate School

Winners of the award are among the top 2 percent of GAs on campus in a given year.

Reza Ghodssi honored as "Person of Impact" by University of Wisconsin

The UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering compiled the list for its 125th anniversary celebration.

Brain and Behavior Initiative partners with Arena Stage

Free night out for students to see the play Smart People, courtesy of BBI and the UMD Division of Research.

A nerve modeled on a battery

NEES PI helps make new organic artificial synapse.

UMD Researchers Make Strides in Schizophrenia Diagnosis Research

Blood test could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders.

Congratulations ISR graduates!

These new alumni graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2016.

Former ISR postdocs win advanced materials awards

Pomerantseva and Ben-Yoav receive honors at the American Advanced Materials Congress.

Clark School students shine at AVS annual meeting

Winkler, Banis and Huiszoon receive awards and recognition for research and presentations.

Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awards

ISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony.

Pradeep Rajasekaran, new ISR postdoctoral researcher

Rajasekaran specializes in the fabrication of electrochemical devices.

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop

Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks.

Thomas Winkler wins dean's doctoral research award

Dean Darryll Pines created the award to honor student researchers.

Rubloff, Ghodssi to speak at TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo

The event is the largest global innovation conference in physical and life sciences.

Hyun Jung wins Distinguished Teaching Assistant award

Student of Reza Ghodssi had evaluations of the highest caliber.

PH.D. student Thomas Winkler awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship

Fellowship provides support to doctoral candidates in the latter stages of writing their dissertations.

Sennur Ulukus named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Ulukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored.

Workshop offers encouragment, skills, networking for emerging academic leaders

Mid-career faculty from across the country are being invited to help create a more diverse academic climate in science and engineering.

Smart systems discussion at PowerMEMS Conference

ISR Director Reza Ghodssi is a co-moderator.

Grad students Winkler, Subramanian rank highly in U21 3MT video contest

Competition requires students to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less.

ISR participates in NSF 30th Anniversary ERC Celebration

Best practices, success stories shared at Capitol Hill event.

Robotics Realization Laboratory opens

Multi-user facility will help researchers build, test robots.

Hadar Ben-Yoav accepts tenure-track position at Ben-Gurion University

Former ISR postdoc will join the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awards

Graduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony.

Loccioni USA joins ISR Associate Partners program

Loccioni builds turn-key, tailor-made solutions for the automotive, aerospace, home appliance and health care sectors.

Reza Ghodssi named ASME Fellow

Ghodssi is also a Fellow of IEEE and AVS.

Ghodssi, Beyaz, Waits issued US patent for microgenerator

The versatile microball bearing supported microgenerator improves micro electromechanical devices.

Huan Xu to become tenure-track assistant professor

Xu’s research interests lie in control and dynamical systems and formal methods with applications in autonomy, cyberphysical systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Reza Ghodssi named AVS Fellow

Citation reads: "For outstanding leadership in microsystems technology achieved by combining knowledge of materials and processing, innovative device concepts, and diverse applications."

Alum Sheryl Chocron-Spieler wins poster award at BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference

Best runner up award for "Multi-Variate Modeling for Blood Measurement: Accounting for Population Variability."

Sangwook Chu wins UMD GRID best poster award

Poster describes work building supercapacitor electrodes.

Ph.D. candidate Thomas Winkler wins best poster award at MAMNA Symposium

Bioengineering student is affiliated with MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.

UMD, MIT team for new 'superhydrophobic surfaces' patent

Nano/micro surface mimics wetlands plants' ability to resist moisture, self clean.

Maryland inventors issued US Patent for compounds that fight biofilms

The compounds enhance the effectiveness of conventional antibiotics and inhibit the formation and persistence of biofilms.

ARC Lab holds inaugural open house

Lab conducts research in aunonomy, robotics and cognition.

Hanrahan, Waits, Ghodssi paper selected as JMM 'Highlight of 2014'

Raceways fabrication technique caps 25 years of microball bearing research for Ghodssi research group.

Former ISR postdoc Matthew McCarthy wins NSF CAREER Award

Drexel University professor will investigate heat transfer enhancement using biotemplated nanostructures.

Six ISR Ph.D. students selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Program prepares students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.

Reza Ghodssi elected Fellow of IEEE

Professor is recognized "for contributions to materials and processes for microsystems technologies."

Lithium-ion battery research profiled in DOE newsletter

NEES EFRC researchers develop method to detect mechanical changes in electrodes.

UMD Researchers Bridge Gap between Microelectronics, Biological Systems

“Electronic modulation of biochemical signal generation” published in Nature Nanotechnology

Department of Energy renews NEES EFRC for four years

The center develops highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique way of looking at the science of energy storage.

ECE Graduate Student Sowmya Subramanian Wins 2014-15 All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Subramanian, working under the direction of ECE/ISR Professor Reza Ghodssi, was selected to receive this competitive Graduate School award.

Students win ECE Dissertation Fellowships

This year all five Ph.D. students are related to ISR.

Reza Ghodssi named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Ghodssi is the eighth ISR faculty member to be so honored by the university.

Chu, Subramanian win MAMNA best grad student poster awards

ECE students are affiliated with the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.

Six ECE Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Students striving toward a career in academia take part in a selective fellowship to prepare for the future.

Six graduate students participating in UMD-Trento research exchange

The program is part of a broad partnership between Maryland and Trento, Italy.

Young Wook Kim receives best poster presentation award

The ECE Ph.D. candidate won the award at the Bioscience and Engineering Symposium of the NIH Korean Scientists Association.

Ghodssi Invited to Speak at IEEE Sensors 2013

Ghodssi delivers lecture on Microsystems for Sensing and Characterization of Bacterial Biofilms

Rubloff, Ghodssi featured in JVST-A special issue

The Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the American Vacuum Society.

Micro-turbine research on cover of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Ghodssi, Hanrahan and colleagues document the efficacy of using integrated retainer rings in tiny MEMS turbines.

Micro-turbo-generator research featured in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

Researchers from MSAL produce the first demonstration of an integrated permanent-magnet micro-turbo-generator supported on micro-ball bearings.

Young Wook Kim wins KSEA-KUSCO Graduate Scholarship

Ph.D. student is advised by ISR Director Reza Ghodssi.

Ekaterina Pomerantseva to join Drexel University faculty

Postdoctoral researcher has worked with ISR Director Reza Ghodssi since 2010.

ECE Names 2012-2013 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Anand, Fan, Guan, and Xie recognized for outstanding research.

Work by Mosteller, Austin, Ghodssi, Yang featured in INCOSE Insight

Article highlights platforms for engineering experimental biomedical systems.

Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy Technologies

Publication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science.

New Microfluidic Device Could Speed Drug Evaluation

Meyer wins Bioscience Day Poster division for work on device capable of separating, testing distinct areas of same biofilm.

Reza Ghodssi invited speaker at MNE 2012 in Toulouse, France

ISR director spoke on “Biofabrication: An Integrative Processing Tool for Micro/Nano/Bio Systems.”

Ph.D. candidate Brendan Hanrahan wins silver medal in ARL competition

Student presented his dissertation work on friction, wear, and lubrication of micro-scale ball bearing systems.

Loh, UMD delegation visit NAS Patuxent River

Congressman Steny Hoyer hosts tour to discuss growing opportunities for partnering on education and research efforts.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research

More than 20 undergraduate students participate in research projects sponsored by ECE and IREAP.

Mosteller wins Best Student Paper Award at INCOSE International Symposium

Award presented for "Platforms for Engineering Experimental Biomedical Systems."

Mosteller wins Dean's Master's Student Research Award

MEMS microfluidics platform could be used for high-throughput drug screening for biofilm infections.

Student team wins best paper award at Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance Symposium

The students are part of the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.

ISR organizes NSF Workshop on Micro, Nano, Biosystems

Event is held March 30-31 in Arlington, Va.

ISR hosts Iraqi higher education delegation

Delegates meet with President Loh, Provost Wylie and other officials.

Collaborative international projects funded in solar power, cell-based systems, and ultra-low power systems

Research is part of agreement between Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and University of Maryland.

Ghodssi invited speaker at international nano and biotechnology winter school

ISR director spoke on the use of biomaterials in microfabricated sensors.

Ghodssi gives invited talk at Bio-Inspired Engineering International Symposium

ISR director spoke on biofabrication using the Tobacco mosaic virus.

Preventing Costly, Life-Threatening Catheter Infections

Deutsch Foundation-sponsored Clark School research offers multi-pronged attack on major medical problem.

Markus Gnerlich joins ISR as postdoc

He will be developing a high-power supercapacitor.

Bassi, Loh further international research agreement

University of Trento Rector and UMD President sign MOU exchanging research and education.

New alumnus Mustafa Beyaz accepts faculty position in Turkey

Beyaz will become an assistant professor at Antalya International University.

Clark School researchers figure prominently in atomic layer deposition story

Chemical & Engineering News highlights expansion of the coating technology.

Ghodssi invited speaker at Transducers 11

ISR director spoke on microball bearing technology for MEMS devices and integrated microsystems.

International partnership agreement being finalized

International relationship will include research and education components.

Gerasopoulos Wins Dean's Doctoral Research Award

Grad student takes 1st place and $1500 prize.

Dean's Doctoral Research Awards Announced

Research on microbatteries, graphene and flapping-wing flight recognized.

Gerasopoulos Wins MSE Graduate Research Award

Student recognized for work on nanoscale, virus-templated batteries.

New MEMS handbook is comprehensive, practical resource for academics, engineers, students

Reza Ghodssi is co-editor of MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook.

The Diamondback features story on Tobacco Mosaic Virus battery research

Research promises higher-capacity, longer-lasting batteries.

Baron Featured in IEEE Institute for Chapter, Society Work

First-year graduate student Sergio Baron, a Fulbright Scholar, was highlighted in an IEEE Institute article.

ISR's busy November: NSF site visit, 25th anniversary dinner, SAC meeting

The Institute for Systems Research held three major events from Nov. 17–19.

Bad Virus Put to Good Use

In breakthrough batteries, virally structured nano-electrodes boost energy capacity 10-fold.

Peter Dykstra wins bioengineering poster award

Work on electrochemical DNA sensor honored at Bioscience Day 2010.

Siwak Honored at ARCS Scholars Ceremony

Ph.D. student presented with scholar award at Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) ceremony.

Ph.D. student Konstantinos Gerasopoulos wins best poster award

Award was presented at 2010 Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance Symposium.

University of Maryland, U.S. Army RDECOM sign CRADA Agreement

Agreement expands research, development and engineering efforts between the two entities.

2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd

Government officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day.

New Battery Research Highlighted by Discovery News, Nanowerk

Viruses used as structural template for lithium ion battery components.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair.

Clark School honors Rajkowski, Beyaz, Banerjee for student research

Students score in Dean's Student Research Award Competition.

Reza Ghodssi to participate in EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

ISR director is one of only 60 engineers invited from the US and EU.

Three ISR students are named ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Beyaz, Mitra and Varna honored for research excellence.

ISR organizing interdisciplinary student group

Group will give graduate students opportunity for camaraderie and learning.

Graduate Student Delivers Micro/Nano Seminar at MIT

Konstantinos Gerasopoulos discussed new virus-based nanomanufacturing technology.

Reza Ghodssi guest edits special issue of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

'Special Proceeding' issue focuses on energy harvesting.

Micro-ball bearing research featured in Micro Manufacturing magazine

Work of Ghodssi, MSAL cited in micro engine article.

Clark School hosts PowerMEMS 2009 attendees for luncheon, lab tours

Six laboratories showcased in special tours.

Mariano Anderle visits ISR from Province of Trento, Italy

Longtime friend of ISR is exploring new collaborations and partnerships.

Nathan Siwak, Natalie Salaets given ARCS Fellowships

Students honored at U.S. Supreme Court reception.

Reza Ghodssi Appointed Director of the Institute for Systems Research

ISR excels in cross-disciplinary systems engineering research and education.

Ghodssi Receives NSF Grant for Novel Nanofabrication for Energy Applications

Research uses tobacco mosaic virus in fabrication of energy storage devices.

Ghodssi Receives NSF Grant for Microball Bearings Research

Research focuses on low-friction, long-life microball bearings for PowerMEMS devices.

Ghodssi, Wang, Culver Awarded Nanobiotechnology Grant

State of Maryland funds innovative fuel cell research.

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s

Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates!

Ornithopter, optical microsensor win ISR seed grants

Research by Bergbreiter, Gupta, Ghodssi and Culver to be given one-year funding.

Adomaitis, Ghodssi, Sandborn promoted

University of Maryland President C.D. Mote promotes three ISR faculty to full professor.

Ghodssi chairs PowerMEMS 2009 Conference

Conference to showcase micro and nanotechnology for power generation and energy conversion.

Ghodssi Featured in Mechanical Engineering Magazine Cover Story

MEMS microscale ball bearing research highlighted in feature article.

ECE Grad Student Siwak Awarded ARCS Fellowship

Nathan Siwak was awarded a 2009 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship.

NanoCenter Improves Energy Storage Options

Maryland NanoCenter researchers create new device to store electrical energy.

Paper Named 2008 'Highlight' by Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Reza Ghodssi co-authors paper describing major microbattery breakthrough.

Six ISR students chosen for Clark School's Future Faculty Program

The program aims to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic positions in prestigious engineering schools.

Six ISR students selected for Future Faculty Program

Clark School program helps students prepare for academic positions.

Stephan Koev wins university-wide graduate research contest

His microcantilever research is featured in the February 2009 Research@Maryland.

Stephan Koev wins MEMS Alliance best poster award

Poster highlights research on optical microcantilever sensors for liquid samples.

Ghodssi team's micro ball bearing work makes miniature machines possible

Researchers are the first to manufacture and integrate practical microscale pumps, motors and turbines.

Ghodssi Named Associate Editor of JMEMS

Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems is top MEMS publication.

Ghodssi, Rubloff receive bioMEMS patent

U.S. patent 7,375,404 is awarded for fabrication and integration of polymeric bioMEMS.

Vorontsov, Koev, Wei and McKinney win at ISR awards ceremony

Quartet honored for outstanding contributions in 2007–2008.

Ghodssi Named Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor

Dr. Reza Ghodssi is recognized for sustained and influential scientific and scholarly work.

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration

Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide.

Reza Ghodssi named associate editor of Journal of Biomedical Microdevices

Journal focuses on biomedical applications of micro- and nanotechnology.

New Advance in Biochip Research

Microfactories for drug research are one step closer to reality.

Chuang Earns Intel Achievement Award

Ph.D. Alumnus Wen-Hsien Chuang receives highest honor as employee at Intel.

Ghodssi To Give Plenary at International MEMS Conference

Prof. Ghodssi will speak on "Integrative MEMS/NEMS Technology for Micro and Nano Systems."

Ghodssi, Rubloff part of $2 million NSF grant

Cellular and biomolecular engineering research to focus on biofunctionalized devices.

Thermo-Bio-Lithography (ISR IP)

This IP is available to license.

Ph.D. Student Receives AVS Graduate Research Award

Stephan Koev, an advisee of Prof. Ghodssi, wins 2007 American Vacuum Society's Graduate Research Award.

Ghodssi Invited to Participate in NAE Frontiers Symposium

Prof. Ghodssi among 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers invited to the event.

Nima Ghalichechian receives ISR Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Ph.D. student's research focuses on micro ball-bearing technology for miniature battery applications.

MEMS Researchers Win IEEE LEOS Best Paper Competition

Graduate students from Prof. Reza Ghodssi's MEMS laboratory shared first prize in DC/VA/MD competition.

MEMS research of Morgan and Ghodssi featured in NASA Tech Briefs

Gray-scale technology used in aligning optical fibers with actuated MEMS wedges.

New legs for chitosan nanosensor story

FOX 45 TV news highlights research in 'cover story'

$1 Million For Nano-Bio Initiative

Deutsch Foudation will fund Clark School bioengineering research on the nanoscale.

Crab Nano-Sensor Detects Dangerous Substances

A material found in crab shells is part of a new sensor system.

News story about Ghodssi's III-V MEMS work rockets around globe

MEMS nanoscale sensor system uses Chitosan, crab shell substance

Ph.D. student selected for AVS Graduate Research Award

Nima Ghalichechian is the second MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab to win the highly competitive award

Ghodssi Group Paper Featured in Journal of Micromechanics & Microengineering

Paper co-authored by Ghodssi group selected as feature article in JMM.

Magazine highlights Ghodssi's III-V optical MEMS work

Associate Professor Reza Ghodssi's (ECE/ISR) LPS and NSF-sponsored III-V Optical MEMS activities are featured in the March 2006 issue of Compound Semiconductor magazine.

ISR alum Xiaobo Tan wins NSF CAREER Award

ISR alum and current Michigan State University ECE Assistant Professor Xiaobo Tan has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his research, "Dexterous Biomimetic Micromanipulation Using Artificial Muscles: Modeling, Sensing and Control."

NanoCenter featured on PBS's Nightly Business Report

Segment is titled "The Science and Business of Nanotechnology"

Ghodssi awarded ARL grant for microball bearing technology

Research will enhance the efficiency and reliability of liquid- and gas-fueled power sources

Washington Post columnist lauds university's nanotechnology efforts

Reza Ghodssi's work is featured as example of Maryland's leadership

Pruessner and Amarnath selected for Best Student Paper Award

Leading international conference on Indium Phosphide (InP) materials and devices honors graduate students

University of Maryland ranked No. 1 in nano research and education

Trade publication Small Times cites many factors in ratings

American Vacuum Society honors student paper

Work merits 2004 MEMS and NEMS (MN) Technical Group Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Ghodssi selected for ROSS-2004 award

Funding focuses on phase Fresnel lens development

Two grad students awarded ARCS Scholarships

Brian Morgan and Daniel Fitzgerald are both talented researchers

Ghodssi team wins best poster award

MEMS Alliance group honors "Indium Phosphide Based Optical Waveguide MEMS for Communications and Sensing" project

ISR faculty win two Invention of the Year awards

Faculty recognized in information science and physical science categories

Ghodssi, Horiuchi earn tenure

Both are named associate professors by University of Maryland President C.D. Mote, Jr.

Michael Powers wins at Maryland Bioscience Research Review Day

Grad student's poster on biophotonic MEMS cell sensors takes prize

Waits, quoted in "New Scientist" magazine

Ph.D student is an electronics engineer in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate

Ghodssi speaks at National Cancer Institute

ISR faculty member is among nationally-known nanotechnology experts speaking at symposium.

Rubloff leads new M-CINSE nanotech center

Sept 2004—Former ISR director to help the university contribute to cutting-edge nanoscience

Toshiba's Iguchi joins ISR Visiting Scientists Program

August 2004—Engineer will be working on microelectronics process technology.

ISR's Xiaobo Tan joins Michigan State University

July 2004—Former ISR research associate to become Assistant Professor in ECE department.

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"

Ghodssi receives NSF grant for InP-based MEMS-tunable optical filters and switches

April 2004—ISR faculty member will develop and test wavelength-selective widely tunable (1250-1650 nm) resonant microcavity filters and switches.

Morgan, recipient of ARCS Scholarship

Graduate student's research focuses on novel three-dimensional silicon MEMS microfabricatin technology

New Toshiba visiting scientist arrives at ISR

Mr. Taizo Tomioka will conduct research on microelectronics process technology

ISR faculty showcase research to Honeywell Labs delegation

Research of Baras, Abshire, Ghodssi, Krishnaprasad and Justh featured.

Graduate student Marcel Pruessner receives ARCS Scholarship

October 2003—Research focuses on optical switching and III-V MEMS.

Temporary Clark School clean room opens

Room meets urgent need for enhanced fabrication capabilities.

Marcel Pruessner receives ARCS scholarship

Pruessner joined two other Clark School of Engineering students.

Ghodssi wins NSF grant for microball bearing technology

Research will increase reliability and efficiency of MEMS

Ghodssi, Rubloff, Smela awarded DURIP for chemical mechanical planarizer

Tool used in semiconductor fabrication, microelectronics, optoelectronics and MEMS

Ghodssi, DeVoe awarded MRI for MEMS aligner/bonder

Grant to fund state-of-the-art MEMS microfabrication equipment

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 2015

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Fellow, 2015

American Vacuum Society

  • Fellow, 2015