MEMS and Nanotechnology


Nikhil Karanjgaokar
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Frank DelRio
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mohammad Naraghi
Texas A&M Universsity




We recently concluded the 17th International Symposium on MEMS and Nanotechnology. The MEMS and Nanotechnology symposium is aimed to provide a forum to foster the exchange of ideas and information among scientists and engineers who are involved in the research and analysis of the mechanics of materials, structures and devices relevant to fields of MEMS and Nanotechnology. The MEMS and Nanotechnology fields are specialized scientific areas that involve the miniaturization of conventional scale components and systems to take advantage of the inherent reduced size, weight, power and/or enhanced performance or novel functionality. The mechanics of structures and materials in these fields involves the application of principles ranging from the micron scale down to individual atoms and require the development of novel experimental tools and techniques. These principles often involve new physical and/or chemical phenomena governed by novel material laws and impart new properties to exploit. The investigation of the various factors controlling the material and structural response of components at these scales is critical in developing new applications as well as assessing their reliability and functionality under a wide range of mechanical, electrical and thermal loading conditions. Holding this symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Mechanics provides a venue where state-of-the-art experimental methods can be leveraged in these endeavors.

The 18th International Symposium on Micro- and Nanomechanics (ISMAN) will include sessions titled: Emerging Microscopy Techniques, 1D & 2D Materials, Nanomechanics, Interfaces and Adhesion, MEMS Design, Energy Harvesting, and MEMS for Biomedical Applications.