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Siavash Pourkamali
Associate Professor
Office MailstopMail Box: RL10, NSERL, Room No.: 3.414 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4532    URL Lab Homepage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 PhDElectrical EngineeringGeorgie Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA2006
 MSElectrical EngineeringGeorgie Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA2004
 BSElectrical EngineeringSharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran2001
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MEMS, NEMS, Microsystems
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X. Guo, E. Mehdizadeh, Y. Yi, and S. Pourkamali, “Thermal-Piezoresistive Resonators and SelfSustained Oscillators for Gas Recognition and Pressure Sensing,” To appear in IEEE Sensors Journal.
H. Hall, A. Rahafrooz, J. Brown, V. Bright, and S. Pourkamali, “I-shaped thermally actuated VHF resonators with submicron components,” to appear in Elsevier Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.
E. Mehdizadeh, A. Hajjam, A. Rahafrooz and S. Pourkamali, “Nano-precision force and displacement measurement using MEMS resonant structures,” Submitted to IEEE Sensors Conference, 2013.
Conference paper
E. Mehdizadeh and S. Pourkamali, “Two Degrees-Of-Freedom Thermally Actuated Nano-Positioner with Integrated Nano-Tips For Scanning Probe Nanolithography,” Proceedings of Nanomechanical Sensing Workshop, 2013.
Conference paper
A. Iqbal, J. Chapin, E. Mehdizadeh, B. Purse, and S. Pourkamali, “Resonant response validation of micro-channel encapsulated disk resonators via fluorescent imaging,” International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology, 2013.
Conference paper
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 Additional Information
  • Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 
  • Spring 2011, 2012 ENEE 3011- Physical Electronics
  • Winter 2012 ENEE 2222- Advanced Electronics
  • Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Summer 2011 ENGR 4810- Introduction to MEMS and Microsystems
  • Fall 2010 ENEE 4800 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • Spring 2009, 2010, Fall 2010 ENGR 4210 - Introduction to Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Winter 2007-2011 ENGR 1621- Engineering Concepts and Practice
  • Fall 2006 ENGR 3610- Engineering Analysis

Professional Contributions
  • June 2012 NSF ECCS Panel, Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)
  • June 2011 NSF ECCS Panel, Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)
  • April 2011 University of Denver Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty (PROF)
  • review committee member
  • Dec. 2009 NSF CMMI Panel, Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS)
  • July 2008 NSF EEC Panel, Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education
  • May 2008 NSF ECCS Panel, Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS)

Journal Reviewer
  • 2005-present IEEE/ASME Journal of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
  • 2006-present IEEE Sensors Journal
  • 2006-present Elsevier Journal of Sensor and Actuators A: Physical
  • 2006-present Journal of Micromechanics and Micro-Engineering
  • 2008-present IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging
  • 2009-present IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
  • 2009-present IOP Journal of Nanotechnology
  • 2009-present Reviewer, Journal of Intelligent Robotic Systems
  • 2010-present Reviewer, IOP Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • 2011-present Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
  • 2011-present Reviewer, Journal of Micromachines
  • 2011-present Elsevier Journal of Sensor and Actuators B: Chemical

Conference Peer Review/Organization
  • Spring 2012 Technical Program Committee Member, 2012 IEEE Sensors Conference
  • Spring 2011 Technical Program Committee Member, 2011 IEEE Sensors Conference
  • Winter 2010 Technical Program Committee Member, 23rd Canadian Conference on Electrical 
  • and Computer Engineering
  • Summer 2009 Member of organization committee, 2009 IEEE Transducers Conference

Research Advising
Postdoctoral Research Associate
1. Dr. Amir Rahafrooz, Fall 2011-Fall 2012
14. Emad Mehdizadeh (Current PhD student), Fall 2011-present
13. Ayesha Eqbal (Current MS student at DU), Fall 2011-present
12. Sally (Xin) Li (Current MS student at DU), Winter 2011- Present
11. Xiaobo Guo (PhD student, Co-advised by Prof. Yi, Stayed at DU), Spring 2011- Summer 2012
10. Xiaoxiao, Dai (MS thesis student, Stayed at DU, changes advisor), Winter 2012-Summer 2012
9. Meng Wu (MS thesis student, Stayed at DU, changed advisor), Winter 2012-Summer 2012
8. Justin Jacobs (MS student researcher), Fall 2010- Spring 2011
7. Mona Mirzaei (current PhD student), Fall 2010 – Fall 2011, left DU due to family relocation
6. Harita Gulkotwar (MS student), Fall 2010, left DU due to family relocation
5. Jagadeesh Pandiyan (PhD student co-advised by Prof. Voyles), Spring 2010 – Fall 2011
4. Babak Tousifar (graduated MS student), Spring 2009 – Fall 2011
3. Arash Hajjam (graduated PhD student), Fall 2008 – Summer 2012
2. Amir Rahafrooz (graduated PhD student), Fall 2007 – Summer 2011
1. Siddhartha Kala (graduated MS student), Spring 2007-Spring 2009
11. Kristine Dietrich (undergraduate research Assistant), Summer 2011-Spring 2012
10. Brandon Bourn (undergraduate research Assistant), Summer 2011-Spring 2012
9. Justin Huff (undergraduate research Assistant), Spring 2011-Spring 2012
8. Willy Douglas (undergraduate research Assistant), Winter 2011-Fall 2011
7. Andrew Logan (undergraduate research Assistant), Spring 2010-Summer 2011
6. Kole Reece (undergraduate intern from Michigan State University), Summer 2010
5. Joshua Lane (undergraduate research Assistant), Summer 2010
4. Jonathan Falcey (undergraduate research Assistant), Summer 2009
3. Kari Storslet (undergraduate research Assistant), Spring 2009
2. Nafisa Matin (undergraduate research Assistant), Winter 2007-Fall 2007
1. Kenneth Comstock (undergraduate research Assistant), Summer 2007

Graduate Student Theses
4. Arash Hajjam (PhD in EE), Fall 2008-Summer 2012
Thesis Title: Thermally Actuated Resonant Silicon Crystal Nanobalances
3. Babak Tousifar (MS in Bioengineering), Spring 2009 - Fall 2011
Thesis Title: Label-Free Biochemical Recognition Using MEMS Resonators for Microarray 
2. Amir Rahafrooz (PhD in EE), Fall 2007 – Summer 2011
Thesis Title: High Frequency Thermally Actuated Micromechanical Resonators with Piezoresistive
1. Siddhartha Kala (MS in EE), Spring 2007 – Spring 2009
Thesis Title: Fabrication of Silicon Photo-Voltaic Micro-Particles for Low-Cost Solar Energy Generation

Institutional Professional Services
Fall 2010-Spring 2012 SECS representative in the University Graduate Council
Summer 2009-Spring 2012 SECS representative in the University Honors Council
Spring 2011 Served on DU PROF peer review committee
Division and School:
Spring 2008- Spring 2012 Engineering Representative in Partners in Scholarship (PINS) Review 
Summer 2007-2009 Contributions to the Extreme Sports Summer Camp Outreach Program
Spring 2013-present UTD-EE PhD Program Committee Member
2011-2012 Electrical Engineering graduate program assessment coordinator
Spring 2009 Electrical Engineering Department Representative at the Penrose Library 
LLGA Meetings
Fall 2007-present Served on Several Faculty Search Committees


Fall 2006- Summer 2007 Chair, EE Curriculum Committee

Research Grants and Funding
External (over $1.8M overall)
Total ~$1.45M of external funding as PI:
8. NSF-1215249, “SBIR Phase I: Development of Particulate Mass and Count Monitoring Instruments 
Using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Resonant Balances,” 07/01/2012-05/30/2013, $150,000.
7. DOE through MSP Corporation, “SBIR: Real-Time Size-Distributed Measurement of Aerosol Mass
Concentration”, 03/01/2012-11/30/2012, $150,000, Pourkamali’s Subcontract: ~$48,000.
6. NSF-1056068, “CAREER: Thermally Actuated Nanomechanical Resonators and Self-Sustained 
Oscillators,” 03/01/2011-02/28/2016, $399,938.
5. State of Colorado Office of Economic Development, Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Proof of 
Concept, “Development of a Nanomechanical Biosensing Platform,” 02/20/2011-08/19/2012, $144,718 
($72,359 DU Cost Share).
4. NSF-1028710, “Very Large Scale Integrated MEMS for Massively Parallel Scanning Probe
Nanolithography,” 09/01/2010-08/31/2013, $329,887.
3. NSF-0800961, “Development of a Hybrid Nano-Electro-Mechanical Sensor Technology for 
Nanoscale Aerosol Mass and Momentum probing,” 08/01/2008-07/30/2011, $246,302.
2. NSF-0741536, “SGER: Design and Optimization of High Frequency Silicon Capacitive Resonators for 
High-Q Operation in Liquid Media,” 08/01/2008-07/30/2009, $51,782.
1. NSF-0741536, “NUE: Development of an Interdisciplinary Nano-Engineering Undergraduate 
Curriculum and Research Program at The University of Denver,” 11/01/2007-10/30/2009, $204,657.
Total ~$380,000 external funding received as Co-PI/subcontractor:
4. NSF-1214737, “SBIR Phase I: MEMS Resonant Nanobalance Dew Point Meters,” 07/01/2012-
12/31/2012, $150,000, Pourkamali has been a major player in preparing the grant application and E-8
managing the research, but has not been able to serve as the PI due to time commitment/employment 
3. NSF-1061489, “MRI RAPID: Swarms of Robotic Aquapods to Assess Impact of Oil Spills on 
Marshlands,” 09/15/2010-09/14/2011, $199,987, Pourkamali’s Subcontract: ~$50,000.
2. NSF-0934413, “Collaborative Research: I/UCRC for Safety, Security, and Rescue Research,” 
07/27/2009, $126,000.
1. NSF-0923518, “MRI Development: Heterogeneous, Autonomic Wireless Control Networks for 
Scalable Cyber-Physical Systems,” 09/01/2009-08/31/2012, $1,556,219, Pourkamali’s Share: ~$180,000.
Internal Research Grants
Total ~$130,000
5. Interdisciplinary Research Grant, “A Comprehensive Developmental Study of Nanoporous MicroElecromechanical Resonant Gas Sensors,” $59,983, 03/2011-03/2013.
4. Equipment Acquisition Grant, “Acquisition of a High Frequency Oscilloscope with Jitter 
Measurement Capability,” $31,290, 01/2011-01/2012.
3. PROF, “Design and Batch Fabrication of Nano-Electro-Mechanical Devices Using Optical MicroLithography,” 07/01/2010-06/30/2012, $20,000.
2. Faculty Research Fund (FRF), “Photovoltaic Semiconductor Micro-Particles for Solar Hydrogen 
Generation,” 07/01/2009-08/31/2010, $3,000.
1. PROF, “Design and Fabrication of a Micro-Scale Silicon-Based Batch Nanolithography System”,
07/01/2008-06/30/2009, $15,000.
Internal Undergraduate Student Research Grants
2. DU Undergraduate Summer Research Grant, “Assembly and Characterization of a Silicon-Zinc Solar 
Panel Prototype and its Interface with an Electric Bicycle,” 06/15/2010-09/15/2010, Student Researcher: 
Joshua Lane, $2,800.
1. DU Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship, 06/01/2007-08/20/2007, $7000.

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