Micro-Robotics, Piezoelectric Actuation and Sensing, Flapping-Wing Vehicles, Bio-Inspired Engineering
Millimeter-Scale Mechanisms and Devices / Microrobotics: Flying Robots, Rotary and Linear Actuators, Fans, Sensors. Fabrication, System Design, Modeling, Scaling Analysis, Untethered Operation, Meso-Scale Mass Production. Bio-Inspired Engineering, Piezoelectrics, Energy Harvesting, Smart Structures.
Ph.D.: Princeton University, Electrical Engineering (Electronic Materials and Devices), 2012
B.S.: Yale University, Electrical Engineering, 2005
Noah T. Jafferis, Ph.D., was home-schooled until entering Yale University at the age of 16, where he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005. Noah obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in 2012, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab.
At Princeton, Noah's research included printing silicon from nanoparticle suspensions and the development of a "flying carpet" (traveling wave based propulsion of a thin plastic sheet).
His research at Harvard included nonlinear resonance modeling, scaling, and system optimization for flapping-wing vehicles; piezoelectric actuators and motors (manufacturing and modeling for optimal power density, efficiency, and lifetime); piezoelectric peristaltic pump thrusters; solar power for autonomous operation of insect-scale robots; and self-sensing actuation.
Some of his many research interests include micro/nano-robotics, bio-inspired engineering, 3D integrated circuits, MEMS/NEMS, piezoelectrics, 3D printing, energy harvesting, and large-area/flexible electronics.