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Ghodssi, Reza

Reza Ghodssi
Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Director, Institute for Systems Research
2173 A.V. Williams Building
301. 405.8158

Research Interests 

Design and development of microfabrication technologies and their applications to micro/nano devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing, small-scale energy conversion and harvesting.


Reza Ghodssi is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) 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 Maryland NanoCenter, the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC), and the Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) at UMD.

Dr. Ghodssi's research interests are in the design and development of microfabrication technologies and their applications to micro/nano devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing, small-scale energy conversion and harvesting. At Wisconsin, his Ph.D. thesis was focused on development of a high aspect ratio microfabrication process for an electrostatic driven MEMS device using x-ray lithography and LIGA technology. At MIT, he developed the building block MEMS fabrication technologies for a microturbine generator device, and also served as an Assistant Director on that project. At Maryland, his research group has pioneered the development of next generation PowerMEMS devices supported on micro-ball bearing, MEMS-based gray-scale technologies and the use of novel III-V optical MEMS devices and systems for chemical and biological detection.

Dr. Ghodssi's research has been funded by Army Research Lab (ARL), Department of Energy (DoE) National Science Foundation (NSF), Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and R.W. Deutsch Foundation. He has served as a program co-chairman for the 2001 International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium (ISDRS) and as a chairman of the "MEMS and NEMS Technical Group" at the American Vacuum Society (AVS) from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Ghodssi was chair of the 9th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2009) and served as the Americas Technical Program Committee chair of IEEE SENSORS 2010 and 2011. He has chaired the committee for the Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award sponsored by Microsoft and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) since 2007.

Dr. Ghodssi has more than 98 scholarly publications, is the co-editor of the MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook published in 2011, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS) and Biomedical Microdevices (BMMD). Dr. Ghodssi has 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 is the co-founder of MEMS Alliance in the greater Washington area and a member of the IEEE, AVS, MRS, ASEE and AAAS societies.

Honors and Awards 

   Young faculty awards

    •    NSF CAREER Award (2002)

University of Maryland Awards

    •    Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland (2003)
    •    George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2001)

Related News 

Subramanian and Wheeler win 2015 ISR awards
Graduate student and staff member honored at annual ceremony. September 17, 2015

Reza Ghodssi named ASME Fellow
Ghodssi is also a Fellow of IEEE and AVS. July 24, 2015

Ghodssi, Beyaz, Waits issued US patent for microgenerator
The versatile microball bearing supported microgenerator improves micro electromechanical devices. July 14, 2015

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." June 10, 2015

Sangwook Chu wins UMD GRID best poster award
Poster describes work building supercapacitor electrodes. April 9, 2015

UMD, MIT team for new 'superhydrophobic surfaces' patent
Nano/micro surface mimics wetlands plants' ability to resist moisture, self clean. March 26, 2015

UMD Patents Compounds that Inhibit Biofilm Formation and Persistence
Patent awarded for compounds capable of fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria March 2, 2015

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. February 18, 2015

Hanrahan, Waits, Ghodssi paper selected as JMM 'Highlight of 2014'
Raceways fabrication technique caps 25 years of microball bearing research for Ghodssi research group. February 9, 2015

Reza Ghodssi elected Fellow of IEEE
Professor is recognized "for contributions to materials and processes for microsystems technologies." November 24, 2014