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Amit Lal

  • Amit Lal
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor of Engineering
  • Address: Room 120 Phillips Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-9374
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Prof. Lal (BSEE Caltech 1990, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering-UC Berkeley 1996). He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now an associate professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds 17 patents and has published >155 research papers in the area of microsystems engineering. He served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems.

Research Interests

Professor Lal's interests are in developing concepts and technologies leading to integrated microsystems using micro and nanoscale fabrication techniques. He directs the SonicMEMS Laboratory, which works on very diverse topics aimed at transforming the way world can be viewed. Topics such as (1) linear and nonlinear effects of ultrasound for microfluidics, (2) applications of radioactive thin films for power and lithography, (3) microprobes for surgery and bioinstrumentation, (4) nanoelectromechanical effects, (5) hybrid insect microsystems, (6) micromechanical solar energy, (7) and chip scale particle accelerators, are among the current foci of the group.

Teaching Interests

Solid state electromechanical devices, integrated circuits, advanced MEMS and NEMS

Service Interests

Transducers Technical Program Committee, IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Technical Program Committee, ECE recruiting committee, reviewer for several journals, IEEE Sensors Council

Selected Publications

  • Ramkumar, A., Amit Lal, D. A. Paduch, P. N. Schlegel. 2009. "An Ultrasonically Actuated Silicon-Microprobe-Based Testicular Tubule Assay." IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 56 (11): 2666-2674.
  • Bozkurt, A., R. F. Gilmour, Amit Lal. 2009. "Balloon-Assisted Flight of Radio-Controlled Insect Biobots." IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 56 (9): 2304-2307.
  • Duggirala, R., R. G. Poicawich, M. Dubey, Amit Lal. 2008. "Radioisotope Thin-film Fueled Microfabricated Reciprocating Electromechanical Power Generator." Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 17 (4): 837-849.
  • Lal, Amit, C. Po-Cheng, F. Michelassi, C. Wu. 2014. "A silicon electro-mechano tissue assay surgical tweezer." Paper presented at 2014 IEEE 27th International Conference on, 2014
  • Nadig, S., S. Ardanuc, Amit Lal. 2014. "Monolithic piezoelectric in-plane motion stage with low cross-axis-coupling." Paper presented at 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2014, January 26, 2014 - January 30, 2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award - Jason Hoople (IEEE UFFC) 2014
  • Best Paper Award - Po-Cheng Chen (IEEE MEMS) 2014
  • Intel Fellowship - for Steven Tin (Intel) 2010
  • Best Student Paper Award - Kwame Amponsah (IEEE-NEMS) 2010
  • Best Student Paper Award - Steven Tin (PowerMEMS Conference) 2009



  • BS (Electrical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 1990
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering), University of California- Berkeley, 1996