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RESEARCH TEAM

"There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap."

- Albert Einstein

Current Team Members


Sukru Ufuk Senveli

Doctorate Student
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Senveli received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical and Electronics Engineering, from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. He carried out research on various Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microdevices at METU MEMS Research & Application Center, one of the leading scientific institutions in Turkey, for over four years. During this period, he was also a member of the METU MEMS-VLSI research group.
Currently, his main research interests include design and implementation of novel biomedical micro/nanosensors and their readouts, MEMS/NEMS design and fabrication, characterization methods, microfluidics, and electro-optics.


Alperen Toprak

Doctorate Student
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Toprak received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, from Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. After a 2-year teaching assistantship in the same department upon graduation, he started working at METU MEMS Research & Application Center. He was also a member of METU MEMS-VLSI Research Group during this entire period, where he conducted research on analog and mixed signal circuit design for MEMS sensors.
His current research interests include design and implementation of piezoelectric energy harvesters and magnetic-based biosensors.


Randil Gajasinghe

Doctorate Student
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Randil received his B.Sc. degree in Electronic and Telecommunication from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He received his M.Eng. degree in Microelectronics and Embedded Systems from Asian institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. His research area at AIT was Digital System Design using HDL.
His current research area is biomedical sensors at micro and nano meter scales including design, fabrication, and characterization of MEMS devices and microfluidics.


Jorge L. Gomez

Graduate Student
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jorge received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University where he specialized in electronics and power systems. He currently works for Florida Power & Light, the principal subsidiary for NextEra Energy Inc., which is the 3rd largest utility company in the United States.
He is currently working on a mathematical model and simulation of zinc oxide nanowire field effect transistor (ZnO NW-FET) biosensor for the detection of biotin/streptavidin bindings.


Jorge Penas

Undergraduate Student
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Jorge has been working towards his B.S. in Bio-Medical Engineering at the University of Miami and has been working in the lab since Spring 2012. He is expected to graduate in 2014 and will begin pursuing his masters in Public Health upon graduation.
His current research at the University of Miami includes finding effective and novel ways of creating microfluidic channels, in addition to working closely on other projects within the lab.






"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

- Thomas Edison


Alumni


Henry Thomas

Undergraduate Student
Major: Biology & Computer Science
Henry worked on cancer cell detection using immunological techniques involving antigen-antibody interactions and fluorescent microscopy. He experimented with surface functionalization procedures to optimize tumor-cell selectivity and capture.
He published a conference paper during his studies in the group.
He is currently at Eastern Virginia Medical School for the Medical Master's program.


Marcos Feddersen

Undergraduate Student
Major: Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
Marcos Feddersen worked on modeling of nanowires for energy harvesting and biosensing applications.
He published two conference papers during his studies in the group.
He is currently at Stanford University for his graduate studies.


Andy Mok

Undergraduate Student
Major: Electrical Engineering & Mathematics
Andy's research was on piezoelectric energy harvesters. He studied on an equivalent circuit model and FEM simulation of a piezoelectric cantilever beam.
He published a conference paper during his studies in the group.
He is currently working for Square, CA as a software engineer.


Daniel Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student
Major: Biomedical Engineering & Economics
Daniel studied the effects of gold nanoparticles under controlled heating conditions on cancer cells. He also worked on extensive modeling of the nanoparticles on COMSOL to simulate the various effects due to several different variables.
He published two conference papers during his studies in the group.
He is currently at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Jacob Reimers

Undergraduate Student
Major: Physics & Applied Mathematics
Jacob Reimers worked on the synthesis and stabilization of nanoparticles.
He is currently at University of Rochester for his Ph. D. studies.


Andrew Teblum

Undergraduate Student
Major: Molecular Biology, UCF
Summer Program
Andrew was involved with the synthesis of gold coated iron oxide nanoparticles.



Shely Benaim

Graduate Student
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Date: May 2011
Shely worked on modeling and simulating ZnO nanowire FET biosensor by determining the proper dimensions of the system.
She is currently working for Texas Instruments as a product engineer.


Blake Picolo

Undergraduate Student
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Date: May 2011
Blake worked on modeling of a tri-layer piezoelectric energy generator constructed of silicon, zinc oxide, and silicon dioxide.