Amit Lal

Amit Lal

Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillips Hall, Room 118


Prof. Lal obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. 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 a professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds more than 30 patents and has published more than 190 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. He has 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. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and the Whitaker Foundation Award. With his students he has won several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.

In addition to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Lal is a field member of Biomedical Engineering,  Applied Engineering Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. He is a member of Cornell CCMR, NBTC, and KAUST-CU Centers.

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 the world can be viewed.

The current focus of his research is on: (1) Gigahertz Ultrasonic for chip-scale communications, sensing, and computation, (2) Near zero power sensors for long-lifetime IoT, (3) Ultrasonic inertial sensors based on surface acoustic waves, (4) Long term stable sensors that utilize lasers locked to optical transitions of alkali metals as Constant-of-Nature on chip, (5) Bulk PZT sensors and actuators, and (6) Chip-scale manipulation of electron and ion beams.


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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.
  • Gupta, S. K., V. Pinrod, S. Nagid, B. Davaji, Amit Lal.  2016.  "Vibration Powered RF-Transponder for Sensing Low Frequency Motion Events."  Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications, PowerMEMS, Paris, France,  December 6.
  • Nadig, S., V. Pinrod, S. Ardanuc, Amit Lal.  2016.  "In-run scale factor and drift calibration of MEMS gyroscopes with rejection of acceleration sensitivities."  Paper presented at IEEE the 3rd International Symposium on Inertial Sensors and Systems Piscataway, NJ, USA,  February 22.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor (College of Engineering, Cornell University) 2015
  • Best Paper Award - Jason Hoople (IEEE UFFC) 2014
  • Best Paper Award - Po-Cheng Chen (IEEE MEMS) 2014
  • HHMI Visiting Scientist (Janelia Farms) 2012
  • Intel Fellowship - for Steven Tin (Intel) 2010


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


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