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Smela, Elisabeth

Smela, Elisabeth

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2112 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Research Scientist, Linköping University, Sweden
Senior Scientist, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark
Vice President of Research and Development, Santa Fe Science and Technology, Inc. (SFST), New Mexico
University of Maryland since 2000


  • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2004
  • (converted from CAREER award, 2003)
  • Outstanding Invention of 2004, Office of Technology Commercialization, UMD
  • cell sensor based pathogen detection
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2003
  • Danish Research Councils Talent Project award, 1998
  • NSF Fellow, Summer Institute in Japan, 1991
  • E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, UMD, 2004

Dr. Smela's research is primarily in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS. She focuses on the use of organic materials (from polymers to cells) in microsystems to realize microactuators, cell-based sensors, and CMOS/MEMS integrated systems.

Salamanca-Riba Appointed 2017/2018 UMD ADVANCE Professor 

Dr. Salamanca-Riba will help facilitate opportunities for advancement among University faculty members, especially under-represented groups.

University of Maryland, College Park & Baltimore Campuses Announce Seed Grant Winners

Program, now in eight year, spurs inter-campus research collaboration

Smela Named ADVANCE Professor

Mechanical Engineering Professor Elisabeth Smela Named University of Maryland ADVANCE Professor

Bruck Named SEM Fellow

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow.

The Future of Small

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

Systems Researchers Partner with Trento, Italy

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

Faculty News Roundup

Clark School faculty promotions, moves announced.

$1.5M NSF Grant for Ant-like Microrobots

An interdisciplinary team of Clark School faculty wins multi-year grant.

Engineers Collaborate on New Cell-Based Sensors

New bio-sensors could speed up and improve the detection of pathogens, explosives.

Dandin Named 2008 Fischell Fellow

BioE grad student to develop fast, portable biosensor.

Clark School Leads "Microsystems Mechanics" Center

$10M effort to develop networked micro-vehicles for assisting soldiers.

Engineering Change in Burkina Faso

Engineers Without Borders team improves quality of life for African village.

Smela Earns Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award

Assistant Professor Elisabeth Smela is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award for 2003, presented in 2004.

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.