Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Microsystems Group
Professor Victor Bright's Group
University of Colorado, Boulder
MEMS GROUP MEMBERS (MEMSTERS)
Diane Jung earned her B.A. in Physics at Willamette University in 2020. Her undergraduate research focused on analyzing the motility behaviors of an ensemble of myosin VI dimers through experimental methods and stochastic simulations. She joined the MEMS group in 2020 to research liquid-based optics for applications in biomedical imaging. In her free time, she likes to play the flute, take long walks around the neighborhood, and search for the best coffee in town.
Eduardo earned his B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics in 2020 from the University of New Mexico. As an undergraduate student he contributed to various research projects in the form of summer REUs and as a machinist at the University of New Mexico. Eduardo joined Dr. Bright’s group to contribute to projects involving liquid-based optics for biomedical imaging applications. Outside of his academic life he can be found with his family, mountain biking, enjoying basketball, eating spicy foods and spending time with his dog, Appa.
Olivia McIntee earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2018 at Oakland University in Michigan. During her undergraduate career, she sought out a variety of research experiences including a study abroad in Beijing, an NSF REU summer research program, and two summer internships at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Olivia joined the Bright group in 2018, where she is researching the mechanical properties of ultrathin films fabricated with Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). When she isn’t working, she will most likely be hiking in the Rockies or cooking some delicious recipe involving chickpeas.
Danielle received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2018. Her undergraduate research experiences include work on piezoelectric cardiovascular sensors and direct contact membrane distillation. She joined the MEMS group in Fall 2018 to study membrane scaling in reverse osmosis systems via Raman spectroscopy. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, thrift shopping, and running.
Emanuele (Manuel) is an Italian PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Colorado. He received the BS in Environmental Engineering from University of Palermo (Italy) in 2012 and the M.S. in Materials Engineering from University of Trento (Italy). He collaborated from 2014 to 2017 in University of Trento and University of Colorado as Research Assistant on high temperature ceramic sintering. In 2017 he joined Bright's MEMS group, to investigate ALD ultra-thin mechanical properties for sensor applications. In free time, Manuel can be found traveling, hiking, cooking, playing chess or watching football games.
Kristen Genter earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Nanoscience from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. During the summer of 2011, she worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, exploring and developing several secondary payload adapters for the potential Space Launch System Heavy Lift Vehicle. The rest of her years as an undergraduate were spent researching and developing different methods to analyze chemical images from secondary ion mass spectrometry. In 2014 Kristen earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in fluid and thermal sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her thesis was on designing a carbon nanotube based solar water heater with phase change material. Kristen is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the University of Colorado – Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her background in nanoscience and mechanical engineering sparked her interest in the MEMS field, and led her to join the Bright group in the fall of 2014. Through an opportunity to work in the Applied Physics Division’s Quantitative Nanostructure Characterization Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, she is currently designing and fabricating an on-chip atomic force microscope. Kristen enjoys traveling the world, having already been to 50 states and over 25 countries. In her free time she volunteers at the local humane society, homeless shelter, and Parks and Recreation Department. Additional interests include watching the St. Louis Cardinals, hiking 14ers with her two dogs at her side, reading history books on WWI and WWII planes, writing programs to analyze baseball statistics, and eating cheese.
Jonas Gertsch is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a member of Chemistry's Dr. Steven George Group and of Dr. Victor Bright Group in Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Atomic Layer Etching (ALE) and their applications for MEMS devices. Jonas received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019 from the University of Colorado Boulder, with focus on ALD and ALE, and B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI in 2012. His undergraduate research focused on ozone for sensor and potable water applications. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, biking, hiking, volleyball, and hanging out with his dog, Einstein.
WeiYang received his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University. At the same time, he worked at the Center for Nanoscale of Science and Engineering as a research assistant developing CMOS compatible process to fabricate high aspect ratio microstructures. He continued his Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania studying nanotechnology. For his thesis research, he investigated the dynamics of polymer Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly. Currently, he is working on liquid lenses based on electrowetting effects in the Prof. Bright’s MEMS group. Outside from research, WeiYang’s hobbies include badminton, hiking, chess, strategy games, and spending time with his loving family.
Omkar Supekar is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He holds a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Tech. in Design and Automation from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 working on electrowetting-on-dielectric optical devices for high resolution microscopy. For his postdoc research in the Bright and Gopinath groups, he is mainly working on fiber coupled microscopy for 3D imaging of tissues in alive and freely behaving animals, and developing a laser system for high resolution stimulated Raman microscopy for real time scaling detection in reverse osmosis systems. Omkar, when not working can be found running on the streets/trails of Boulder, or climbing/skiing in the mountains of Colorado.