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Tobias Hiller is a German Fulbright scholar from the University of Stuttgart. He is working on a Master’s thesis on feedback control for the Mass Sensing Project.


AliceYuhui (Alice) Ma received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded a number of scholarships from School of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department. She worked in Electronic Packaging group as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Yuen, with research interests of printed electronics and thermal interface materials. In September 2010, she joined the Mechanical Engineering department at UCSB under the supervision of Prof. Kimberly Turner. Her current research is focused on the design and simulation of frequency dividers using nonlinear resonances.



Mrigank Sharma is a postdoctoral researcher and received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.



gecko_20John Tamelier was an exchange student at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2002-2003, got his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly SLO in 2004, and attained his Ph.D. working for the Turner group in 2013.

He started working in the Mechanics of Microscale Systems Lab in 2007 with the intention of creating a gecko synthetic adhesive. Initially, he was involved in the creation of magnetically and thermally actuated gecko-inspired adhesives. More recently, he has created more compliant adhesives using microfabrication techniques to create negative molds which are then filled with a polymer. To test these materials for adhesion and friction forces, he uses a self-built microtribometer with small incremental motion (~100 nm) and force resolution (3 mN).

When he has a break from his work at the university, he enjoys hiking with his wife in the mountains around Santa Barbara. During longer vacations, he prefers to go backpacking in one of the scenic national parks nearby. He also enjoys learning Italian and is currently trying to finish his first children’s book.

SeanSean Chiu is an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering and sometimes enjoys writing about himself in the third person.





Dr. Sathya Chary graduated in 2013 and was working on the gecko project.




LukeLuke Shaw worked at the Turner lab as an undergraduate until 2013 and is now pursuing a doctoral degree at UCLA.





JessicaJessica Lee worked at the lab in 2013 during her last year as an undergraduate. She worked on the gecko project and is currently traveling the world.




KariDr. Kari Moran graduated in 2012 and helped to develop a biosensor that exploits parametric resonance. She currently works in the Washington, D.C. area.




ChrisDr. Chris Burgner explored bifurcation phenomena in nonlinear resonators. He graduated in 2012 and currently works at Praevium Research.




ZiDr. Zi Yie worked with nonlinear resonators and graduated in 2012.





BarryBarry Demartini graduated in 2008 and is currently working at Agilent Technologies.





BenediktBenedikt Zeyen graduated in 2008 and is currently working at A.M. Fitzgerald and Associates, LLC.





LauraLaura Oropeza graduated in 2007 and works at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).





WeibinDr. Weibin Zhang graduated in 2006 and works at Kodak Research Lab.


AbhishekDr. Abhishek Srivastava graduated in 2006 and works at Chevron Research Labs.


NorthDr. Michael Northen graduated in 2006 and worked on the TV series Prototype This!


RequaDr. Michael Requa graduated in 2006 and now works in Dr. Cleland’s group at UCSB.


WenHuaDr. Wenhua Zhang graduated in 2004 and now works at Hewlett-Packard Research Labs.


CraigCraig Orloyd graduated in 2004 and now works for Poly 5 Group LLC.


GartenMatthew Garten graduated in 2004 and now works for Innovative Micro Technology.


RajiDr. Raji Baskaran graduated in 2003 and works for Intel.


ShijianShi Jian graduated in 2003 and works for Digital Instruments/Veeco.


KevinNessKevin Ness graduated in 2000 and works at the Lawrence Livermore National Labs.