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Ghodssi, Reza

Ghodssi, Reza

Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Former Director, Institute for Systems Research (2009-2017)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Materials Science and Engineering
2236 Kim Building

Reza 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 Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices (Fischell Institute), the Maryland NanoCenter, the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEII), and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (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 is the Technical Program Committee chair for the 2020 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop (Hilton Head 2020). He 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 150 journal publications and 325 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.

Honors and awards

Fellows

    •    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2015)
    •    American Vacuum Society (2015)
    •    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2015)

 Young faculty awards

    •    NSF CAREER Award (2002)

University of Maryland Awards

    •    Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2014-2015)
    •    Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland (2003)
    •    George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2001)
    •    IEEE Fellow

 

Design and development of microfabrication technologies and processes in micro/nano/bio devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing, small- scale energy conversion and harvesting with a strong emphasis toward healthcare applications.


Ingestible device research advances, enters new phase

New NSF funding, Lab on a Chip paper for Ghodssi group developing minimally invasive medical devices.

Ashley Chapin a campus-wide winner of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Chapin’s video, “Demystifying The Gut-Brain-Axis,” reflects her dissertation work.

Clark School faculty 'AIM-HI' to address major health challenges

The new UMB-UMCP program has announced its first grants for projects combining AI and medicine.

Spurring research group creativity in the time of COVID-19

Student-faculty teams that write review articles for journals reap multiple benefits.

Alumnus Brendan Hanrahan's decade of running for medical research

The nationwide Cupid's Undie Run has raised close to $19M for Neurofibromatosis research since 2010.

Institute Hosts AMBIC December Conference, Unveils New Research

AMBIC Industry Board members and other researchers convened to discuss new and ongoing projects.

Brain and Behavior Initiative Hosts 3rd Annual Seed Grant Symposium

Researchers from across UMD convene to discuss the latest projects funded by BBI

Chapin, Bowen win in Bioscience Day poster session

The ISR Ph.D. students won in the bioengineering and neuroscience and cognitive science categories.

NSF Awards $1M Grant to UMD Researchers

The interdisciplinary project will explore the molecular connection between the gut and the nervous system.

Ghodssi Receives Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award

The award recognizes exceptionally influential research accomplishments by Clark School faculty.

Biofilm treatment device receives TEDCO MII funding; paper published in IEEE TBME

In latest development, the researchers have miniaturized the platform and are able to control it through wireless signals.

NSF grant for Ghodssi, Bentley furthers research of flexible devices to combat biofilms

The researchers will combine applied microbiology with engineering disciplines to explore the complex interactions between flexible sensors, bacterial biofilms, and bioelectric treatment.

Bridging the Gap between Microelectronics, Biological Systems

UMD researchers receive $1.5 M NSF grant to develop first-of-kind bioelectronics.

UMD Celebrates Invention of Year Winners, Ventures, and Partnerships at 'Innovate Maryland'

An electric vehicle charger innovation takes home top honors for Invention of Year.

Schizophrenia drug monitoring device research featured on IEEE Sensors Letters cover

The paper culminates a four-year collaboration among Clark School, IBBR and University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers.

Clark School Researchers Recognized for Exceptional Inventions

Among the nine 2017 Invention of the Year award nominees, six are led by or include Clark School researchers.

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms that cause post-operative infections

'Flexible impedance sensor' can fit inside urinary catheters, monitor and treat biofilms.

William Regli named sixth director of ISR

Regli, an ISR alumnus, will begin his appointment in January 2018.

Decade of TMV research leads to never-before-seen microsystems for energy storage, biosensors and self-sustaining systems

Long-term Ghodssi-Culver partnership has used the Tobacco mosaic virus as a biological nanoscaffold for groundbreaking devices.

UMD Researchers Make Strides in Schizophrenia Diagnosis Research

Blood test could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders.

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop

Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks.

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

ISR participates in NSF 30th Anniversary ERC Celebration

Best practices, success stories shared at Capitol Hill event.

Hadar Ben-Yoav accepts tenure-track position at Ben-Gurion University

Former ISR postdoc will join the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

Reza Ghodssi named ASME Fellow

Ghodssi is also a Fellow of IEEE and AVS.

Huan Xu to become tenure-track assistant professor

Xu’s research interests lie in control and dynamical systems and formal methods with applications in autonomy, cyberphysical systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Reza Ghodssi named AVS Fellow

Citation reads: "For outstanding leadership in microsystems technology achieved by combining knowledge of materials and processing, innovative device concepts, and diverse applications."

UMD, MIT team for new 'superhydrophobic surfaces' patent

Nano/micro surface mimics wetlands plants' ability to resist moisture, self clean.

UMD Patents Compounds that Inhibit Biofilm Formation and Persistence

Patent awarded for compounds capable of fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Maryland inventors issued US Patent for compounds that fight biofilms

The compounds enhance the effectiveness of conventional antibiotics and inhibit the formation and persistence of biofilms.

Reza Ghodssi elected Fellow of IEEE

Professor is recognized "for contributions to materials and processes for microsystems technologies."

Department of Energy renews NEES EFRC for four years

The center develops highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique way of looking at the science of energy storage.

Ghodssi Named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Director of Institute for Systems Research and Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair honored by university.

Six graduate students participating in UMD-Trento research exchange

The program is part of a broad partnership between Maryland and Trento, Italy.

Maryland Exchange with Italian University Boosts Research on Artificial Cells

Bioengineering grad student part of international effort to use messages sent by synthetic cells to guide natural cell activity.

Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy Technologies

Publication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science.

Fair Showcases Summer Undergraduate Research

Twenty-two top students from across the country demonstrate faculty-advised research projects.

Dean's Master's Student Research Awards Announced

Research on bacterial biofilms and small-scale actuators for artificial muscles recognized.

The Future of Small

Ghodssi, Clark School researchers in NSF workshop on micro, nano, bio systems.

Institute for Systems Research Hosts Iraqis

Delegation seeks partnerships, information on American universities.

Trento Funds Collaborative International Projects

Partnership will support joint research in solar power, cell-based systems and ultra low-power systems.

Preventing Costly, Life-Threatening Catheter Infections

Deutsch Foundation-sponsored Clark School research offers multi-pronged attack on major medical problem.

Systems Researchers Partner with Trento, Italy

Joint efforts to target bioengineering, renewable energy, nanomaterials, microsystems, education.

Dean's Doctoral Research Awards Announced

Research on microbatteries, graphene and flapping-wing flight recognized.

Ghodssi Co-Edits Comprehensive MEMS Handbook

MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook is practical resource for academics, engineers, students.

Bad Virus Put to Good Use

In breakthrough batteries, virally structured nano-electrodes boost energy capacity 10-fold.

Siwak, Malinowski Receive Scholar Awards

ARCS Foundation honors students' chemical sensor, tumor localization research.

UM, Army Sign CRADA Agreement

Agreement expands research, development and engineering efforts between the two entities.

2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd

Government officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day.

Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their accomplishments after 11-week research program.

2010 Dean's Doctoral Research Awards Announced

Biomaterial synthesis, MEMS and energy research recognized.

Ghodssi Participating in Prestigious International Symposium

ISR director is one of only 60 engineers invited from the US and EU.

Clark School Hosts PowerMEMS Community

Micro and nano-scale power generation experts tour labs, review research.

Clark School Students Recognized

Three receive Achievement Rewards for College Scientists awards at U.S. Supreme Court.

Ghodssi Appointed Director of ISR

New Institute for Systems Research leader to take reigns October 1.

NSF Grant for Nanofabrication for Energy Apps

Ghodssi uses tobacco mosaic virus in fabrication of energy storage devices.

NSF Grant for Microball-Bearings Research

Research focuses on low-friction, long-life microball bearings for PowerMEMS devices.

Clark School Professors Win Nanobiotech Grants

Ghodssi, Yu lead research projects that won in state competition.

Five Elevated to Full Professor

Clark School's Adomaitis, Ghodssi, Phaneuf, Sandborn and Takeuchi promoted.

Mechanical Engineering Cover Features Ghodssi

MEMS microscale ball bearing research highlighted in feature article.

Siwak Awarded ARCS Fellowship

Nathan Siwak awarded 2009 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship.

NanoCenter Improves Energy Storage Options

Maryland NanoCenter researchers create new device to store electrical energy.

Koev Wins Graduate Research Contest

Microcantilever research is featured in the February 2009 Research@ Maryland.

Microscale Pumps, Turbines to be Reality

Clark School researchers introduce new era of miniaturization in machines.

Ghodssi Named Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor

Reza Ghodssi is recognized for sustained and influential scientific and scholarly work.

New Advance in Biochip Research

Microfactories for drug research are one step closer to reality.

Chuang Earns Intel Achievement Award

Ph.D. Alumnus Wen-Hsien Chuang receives highest honor as employee at Intel.

Deutsch Named Professor of the Practice

RWD Technologies founder recognized for career, support of USM.

Student Receives AVS Graduate Research Award

ECE Ph.D. student Stephan Koev wins 2007 American Vacuum Society honor.

$2M NSF Grant for "Bacterial Communication"

Cellular and biomolecular engineering research to focus on biofunctionalized devices.

Ghodssi Invited to NAE Symposium

Professor among 100 of nation's outstanding young engineers invited to Frontiers event.

$1 Million For Nano-Bio Initiative

Deutsch Foudation will fund Clark School bioengineering research on the nanoscale.

Crab Nano-Sensor Detects Dangerous Substances

A material found in crab shells is part of a new sensor system.

Ghalichechian Wins AVS Graduate Award

Clark School MEMS student is second in four years to win.

Clark School Faculty Receive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award from the Department of Defense (Dod)

Clark School faculty succeeded in obtaining Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award of $5.25M.

Clark School Accomplishments Spring 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Spring 2002

  • Fellow, 2015

  • Fellow, 2015

  • Fellow, 2015