Karl F. Böhringer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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

Educational History


University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • 2003-present Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • 1998-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley, CA

  • 1996-1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
  • Autumn 1997 Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences


  • 1988-present patent consultant, expert witness, sofware engineer

Awards and Honors

  • 2003 Top 100 Science Stories, Discover magazine's special issue "Year in Science"
  • 2002 National Academy of Engineering "Frontiers in Engineering" Participant
  • 2000 NSF New Century Scholarship
  • 1999 NSF CAREER Award
  • 1997 NSF Postdoctoral Associateship
  • 1993 Cornell Mathematical Sciences Institute Summer Fellowship

Award Nominations

  • 1998 Nominated for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Best Conference Paper Nominations

  • 1995 Micro- and Nano-Engineering (Aix-en-Provence, France), 2nd place
  • 1995 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (Nagoya, Japan), finalist
  • 1994 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (San Diego, CA), finalist

Awards and Honors to Students

  • Khye Suian Wei (senior), Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Research Award, University of Washington, Spring 2003.
  • Aziel Epilepsia (sophomore), Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF), California Institute of Technology (Prof. Stephen Quake), Summer 2003.
  • Christian Schabmüller (postdoc), Best Poster Award, Micromechanics Europe Workshop, October 2002.
  • Christian Schabmüller (postdoc), The Ayrton Premium Award, Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), England for a paper on his PCR chip (built as part of his Ph.D.), July 2002
  • Ryan Lipscomb (undergraduate), Mary Gates Training Grant, December 2001
  • Ryan Lipscomb (undergraduate), Center for Excellence in Genomics Science and Technology Undergraduate Fellowship, October 2001.
  • Matt Clements (graduate), National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, September 2001. 3-year stipend and tuition.
  • Xiaorong Xiong (graduate), Ford Fellowship, June 2001.
  • Joel Reiter (graduate), Boeing Engineering Fellowship, September 2000.
  • Yael Hanein (postdoc), NSF CISE Postdoctoral Associateship in Experimental Computer Science, August 2000.
  • M. Terry (graduate), National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, March 2000.


  • 2003-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 1998-2003 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 2001-present Faculty Member, Microscale Life Science Center, University of Washington
  • 2000-present Faculty Member, Center for Nanotechnology, University of Washington
  • 1998-present Faculty Member, Center for Applied Microtechnology, University of Washington
  • 1998-present Member of Graduate Faculty, College of Engineering, University of Washington
  • 1998-present Co-director, Electrical Engineering Microfabrication Laboratory, University of Washington
  • 1998-present Director, MEMS Laboratory, University of Washington
  • August 2000 Visiting Professor, Electronic Systems Department, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1994-1995 Visiting Scholar, Robotics Laboratory and Transducers Laboratory / Center for Integrated Systems, Stanford University


Karl Böhringer is currently an associate professor in Electrical Engineering with adjunct appointments in Computer Science & Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.
He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University and his Diplom-Informatiker degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. During his dissertation work on distributed micromanipulation he designed, built, and tested multiple micro actuator arrays at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. He also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Stanford Robotics Lab and Transducer Lab, where he collaborated on research in MEMS cilia arrays. From 1996 to 1998 he investigated techniques for parallel micro selfassembly as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
His current interests include micromanipulation and microassembly, as well as biomedical implants and bioMEMS for single-cell genomics and proteomics. At the University of Washington, he is a member of the Center for Nanotechnology and the NIH Microscale Life Sciences Center.
His Ph.D. thesis was nominated for the ACM doctoral dissertation award. He received an NSF postdoctoral associateship in 1997, an NSF CAREER award in 1999, and was an NSF New Century Scholar in 2000. His work was featured among the Top 100 Science Stories in Discover Magazine's 2002 "Year in Science."

Curriculum Vitae

A recent C.V. can be found here.


Here is some remarkable information about my academic lineage (compiled by my Ph.D. advisor Bruce R. Donald at Cornell, where my old website may still exist). And my personal lineage.

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