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
2232 Kim Building
University of Maryland
Website(s): Personal website | MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory
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). Dr. Ghodssi is the Inaugural Executive Director of Research and Innovation for the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM). 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 such as the Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) and the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI), 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. Dr. Ghodssi served as the founding co-director of BBI for six years (2015-2021). He also served as the President-elect of the Transducer Research Foundation (TRF) from 2020 until 2022. Since June 2022, Dr. Ghodssi has been serving as the new President of TRF. Dr. Ghodssi is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, a Fellow of IEEE, AVS, and ASME, has 166 journal publications and 354 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 Biomedical Microdevices (BMMD) and served as an associate editor for the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS) for twelve years (2008-2020). Also, Dr. Ghodssi is the guest associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems “Special Proceeding” of the Hilton Head 2020 Workshop (October 2020). He has obtained nine U.S. patents, with another eleven pending.
University of Wisconsin-Madison:
- Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, December 1996
Major area: Microelectronics and Solid State Physics
Advisor: Professor Denice D. Denton
Dissertation: Design, Fabrication and Testing of a MEMS-Based Tangential Tactor
Minor area: Mechanical Engineering
Minor advisor: Professor Ali A. Seireg
- Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, December 1992
Advisor: Professor Denice D. Denton
Thesis: A Study of Rolling Friction in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, August 1990
Honors and Awards
- A. J. Clark School of Engineering Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award, University of Maryland, 2019
- Jimmy H. C. Lin Award for Invention, University of Maryland, 2018
- Invention of the Year Award, Life Sciences, University of Maryland, 2017
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, “125 People of Impact,” in recognition of significant contributions to the department, university and industry, University of Wisconsin, 2016
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow, 2015
- American Vacuum Society (AVS) Fellow, 2015
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, 2015
- Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland, 2014
- Herbert Rabin Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of Maryland, 2012
- Best Paper Award, INCOSE Conference, 2012
- National Academy of Engineering (NAE) EU-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2010
- Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland, 2008
- National Academy of Engineering (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2007
- Best Paper Award, IPRM Conference, 2005
- Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland, 2003
- CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2002
- George Corcoran Award, University of Maryland, 2001
- Vilas Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1995-96
- Graduate Research Award, American Vacuum Society (AVS), 1995
- A. A. Chapin, J. Han, and R. Ghodssi, “Adsorption Kinetic Model Predicts and Improves Reliability of Electrochemical Serotonin Detection,” Methods and Protocols, 6 (1), 6, January 2023, doi: 10.3390/mps6010006.
- J. Han, J. M. Stine, A. A. Chapin, and R. Ghodssi, “A Portable Electrochemical Sensing Platform for Serotonin Detection Based on Surface-Modified Carbon Fiber Microelectrode,” Analytical Methods, vol. 15, No. 9, pp. 1089-1242, January 2023, doi: org/10.1039/D2AY01627C.
- J. A. Levy, M. A. Straker, J. M. Stine, L. A. Beardslee, V. Borbash, and R. Ghodssi, “Thermomechanical Soft Actuator for Targeted Delivery of Anchoring Drug Deposits to the GI Tract,” Advanced Materials Technologies, 8 (2), No. 2201365, December 2022, doi: org/10.1002/admt.202201365.
- D. Brown, S. Chu, M. Kappagantu, R. Ghodssi, and J. N. Culver, “Reprogramming the Tobacco Mosaic Virus Coat Protein Carboxylate Interactions with pH and Salt Responsive Assembly Behaviors,” Biomacromolecules, April 2021, doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00258.
- C. Huiszoon, S. Chu, J. M. Stine, L.A. Beardslee, and R. Ghodssi, “Integrated System for Bacterial Detection and Biofilm Treatment on Indwelling Urinary Catheters,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 68, no. 11, pp. 3241-3249, November 2021, doi: 10.1109/TBME.2021.3066995.
- R. Malik, D. A. Rasko, and R. Ghodssi, “Use of Antimicrobial-Coated Catheters in Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections and Bacteriuria: A Meta-Analysis for Clinicians,” Urology Practice, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 711, November 2021, doi:10.1097/UPJ.0000000000000254.01.