Reza Ghodssi in field of yellow flowers

About Reza


Reza GhodssiReza 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 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 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 graduates 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'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 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 144 journal publications and 312 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 seven 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.

View short version of bio here


University of Wisconsin-Madison

   Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, December 1996
  Major area: Microelectronics and Solid State Physics
  Advisor: Professor Denice D. Denton
  Dissertation: Design, Fabrication and Testing of a MEMS-Based Tangential Tactor
  Minor area: Mechanical Engineering
  Minor advisor: Professor Ali A. Seireg
   Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, December 1992
  Advisor: Professor Denice D. Denton
  Thesis: A Study of Rolling Friction in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, August 1990

Honors and Awards

  • University of Wisconsin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, “125 People of Impact,” 2016,
    In recognition of significant contributions to the department, university and industry
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow, 2015
  • American Vacuum Society (AVS) Fellow, 2015
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, 2015
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland, 2014
  • Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of Maryland, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, INCOSE Conference, 2012
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) EU-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2010
  • Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland, 2008
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2007
  • Best Paper Award, IPRM Conference, 2005
  • Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland, 2003
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2002
  • George Corcoran Award, University of Maryland, 2001
  • Vilas Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1995-96
  • Graduate Research Award, American Vacuum Society (AVS), 1995


Issued Patents

Patent Applications (Published)

Provisional Applications

  • Flexible Bioelectric Sensor for Detection and Inhibition of Biofilm,” Ryan C. Huiszoon, Pradeep R. Rajasekaran, Reza Ghodssi, Filed August 22, 2017.
  • "Electrowetting-Based Biofabrication Technology for Functionalization of Biological Molecules on Structurally Hydrophobic Three-Dimensional Microstructures”, Sangwook Chu, Reza Ghodssi, Filed Jan. 20, 2017.  
  • Redox Probing for Chemical Information of Oxidative Stress”, Eunkyoung Kim, Gregory F. Payne, Mijeong Kang, Reza Ghodssi, Filed Dec. 2, 2016.
  • "Electrodeposited Graphene-Chitosan Composite Film for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring", Mijeong Kang, Eunkyoung Kim, Thomas E Winkler, Christopher Kitchen, George Banis, William E Bentley, Deanna L Kelly, Reza Ghodssi, Gregory F Payne, Filed Dec. 2, 2016.

Top of page