Carlos Mastrangelo portrait
  • USTAR Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Director, Nanofab, College Of Engineering


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Project: Applications of microbridges in microsensor technology.
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Summary

Microfabricated systems that interface with biological structures at multiple scales. These include new microfluidics technologies, bioMEMS, novel detection microtechnologies and methods, cell and tissue level microinstruments and microsystems.


Carlos H. Mastrangelo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985, 1988, and 1991, respectively. His graduate work concentrated on the applications of microbridges in microsensor technology. From 1991 though 1992, he was at the Scientific Research Laboratory, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn MI, developing microsensors for automotive applications.

From 1993-2002, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Center for Integrated Microsystems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2000-2005 he was Vice President of Engineering at Corning-Intellisense, Wilmington MA and a Director at the Biochemical Technologies research group, Corning NY. His research focuses on microelectromechanical system applications and technology, microfluidic systems, and integration, design, and modeling of MEMS fabrication processes. Dr. Mastrangelo’s group is credited for being the first group to detect DNA separations on a microfluidic chip integrated with an on-chip detector. He is also widely credited for developing the first model for stiction phenomena in MEMS.

Dr. Mastrangelo received received the 1991 Counsel of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms Distingushed Dissertation Award for the best technical dissertation in the United States and Canada. He also received a 1994 NSF Young Investigator Award. In 2000 his group received the best paper of the year award at the Transactions of Semiconductor Manufacturing for his work on synthesis of fabrication process flows for MEMS structures. He is now on the editorial boards of Sensors and Actuators and the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, and he has participated in technical and organizing committees of numerous SPIE and IEEE conferences in the MEMS area.