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Amit Lal

Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillips Hall, Room 118


Prof. Lal (BSEE Caltech 1990, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering-UC Berkeley 1996). He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now an associate professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds 17 patents and has published >155 research papers in the area of microsystems engineering. He served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems.

Research Interests

Professor Lal's interests are in developing concepts and technologies leading to integrated microsystems using micro and nanoscale fabrication techniques. He directs the SonicMEMS Laboratory, which works on very diverse topics aimed at transforming the way world can be viewed. Topics such as (1) linear and nonlinear effects of ultrasound for microfluidics, (2) applications of radioactive thin films for power and lithography, (3) microprobes for surgery and bioinstrumentation, (4) nanoelectromechanical effects, (5) hybrid insect microsystems, (6) micromechanical solar energy, (7) and chip scale particle accelerators, are among the current foci of the group.

Teaching Interests

Solid state electromechanical devices, integrated circuits, advanced MEMS and NEMS

Selected Publications

  • Ramkumar, A., Amit Lal, D. A. Paduch, P. N. Schlegel.  2009. "An Ultrasonically Actuated Silicon-Microprobe-Based Testicular Tubule Assay."  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 56 (11): 2666-2674.
  • Bozkurt, A., R. F. Gilmour, Amit Lal.  2009. "Balloon-Assisted Flight of Radio-Controlled Insect Biobots."  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 56 (9): 2304-2307.
  • Duggirala, R., R. G. Poicawich, M. Dubey, Amit Lal.  2008. "Radioisotope Thin-film Fueled Microfabricated Reciprocating Electromechanical Power Generator."  Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 17 (4): 837-849.
  • Gupta, S. K., V. Pinrod, S. Nagid, B. Davaji, Amit Lal.  2016.  "Vibration Powered RF-Transponder for Sensing Low Frequency Motion Events."  Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications, PowerMEMS, Paris, France,  December 6.
  • Nadig, S., V. Pinrod, S. Ardanuc, Amit Lal.  2016.  "In-run scale factor and drift calibration of MEMS gyroscopes with rejection of acceleration sensitivities."  Paper presented at IEEE the 3rd International Symposium on Inertial Sensors and Systems Piscataway, NJ, USA,  February 22.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2015
  • Best Paper Award - Jason Hoople (IEEE UFFC) 2014
  • Best Paper Award - Po-Cheng Chen (IEEE MEMS) 2014
  • HHMI Visiting Scientist (Janelia Farms) 2012
  • Intel Fellowship - for Steven Tin (Intel) 2010


University of California- Berkeley 1996


In the News

ECE Ph.D. Student wins Best Paper Award for Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader

Justin Kuo, a graduate student from Prof. Amit Lal’s SonicMEMS research group, received an Outstanding Student Paper Award for the paper titled “64-Pixel Solid State CMOS Compatible Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader” at the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) 2017 conference.

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