F. Böhringer, Ph.D.
Director, MEMS Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington
Box 352500, 234 EE/CSE Building
Seattle, WA 98195-2500, USA
tel. 206 221-5177
fax 206 543-3842
Administrative Assistant: Stephen
Office hours Autumn
2008: to be announced
Research: In my laboratory, we work
on many aspects of micro and nano electro mechanical systems (MEMS / NEMS).
This research tends to be very interdisciplinary, and we have collaborations
in biology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, computer science, and
other departments. We have built, for example, self-assembling microstructures,
biomedical implants, systems for docking of picosatellites, and walking
There are two major research themes in our work:
Controlling surfaces and surface forces at the micro and nano scale:
this includes systems for controlled self-assembly of microcomponents,
"programmable" surfaces whose local properties (for example,
hydrophobicity) can be changed on demand, and MEMS actuator arrays and
microrobots for moving tiny objects (solid or liquid).
Joining MEMS and biology: this includes integrating new biomaterials
into MEMS processes and devices, biomedical sensor implants, and microchips
for handling and analyzing biological samples.
Teaching: I offer graduate level classes
in MEMS and microfabrication, specifically EE502Introduction
to Microelectromechanical Systems (usually in Autumn, crosslisted
as ME/MSE504) and EE527Microfabrication Techniques (usually
A new class EE 539 - Selfassembly from Nano to
Milli Scales was introduced in Spring 2006.
At the undergraduate level, my teaching includes EE215Fundamentals
of Electrical Engineering and EE331Devices and Circuits I.
I also like to supervise varying independent study projects such as EE399,
EE499, or similar.
Information for prospective students:
If you are interested in working in my lab, please
read this first.
Job openings: please check here.
- Upcoming event: Pacific Northwest Microsystems and Nanotechnology Meeting (Panomino'08),
Friday Harbor, WA, September 3-7, 2008. Paper submission deadline July 15, 2008.
- Upcoming conference: Foundations
of Nanoscience: Self-assembled Architectures and Devices (FNANO),
Snowbird, UT, April 2009. Paper submission deadline January 15, 2009.
- I received an Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan
(long-term) from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
(JSPS) in 2004, in coordination with the NSF
INT East Asia Program.
- I have received the 2004 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Academic Early Career Award "for contributions to physical
geometric algorithms and MEMS, with applications to self-assembly and
- Picosatellite Docking Project listed
among Discover magazine's "Top
100 Science Stories of 2002"!
- More information about research
at the University of Washington.
© Karl F. Böhringer, Department of Electrical Engineering, Box
352500, Seattle, WA 98195-2500, USA