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Mohammad Younis


Mohammad Younis received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 1999 and M.S and PhD degrees in Engineering Mechanics in 2001 and 2004, respectively, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mohammad Younis is the recipient of the 2009 NSF CAREER award.

Mohammad Younis's research focus is on the utilization of knowledge gained from understanding the exceptional mechanical and motion aspects of microstructures in multi-physics fields to design, optimize and invent MEMS devices of distinctive characteristics and superior performance. Younis works on designing, modeling and characterizing MEMS and NEMS devices and structures with a focus on their mechanical and motion aspects. His research includes designing novel MEMS sensors and switches, such as developing a threshold switch triggered by mechanical shock and a capacitive switch that operates at reduced voltage. His research encompasses modeling MEMS devices and structures under coupled multi-physics (mechanical, electrostatic, squeeze-film, thermoelastic) forces; developing reduced-order models and computationally efficient approaches to tackle the coupled multi-physics and nonlinear problems; analyzing MEMS phenomena, such as the dynamic pull-in instability; and investigating the reliability of microstructures under mechanical shock. Younis has analyzed and characterized various MEMS and NEMS devices including accelerometers, threshold switches, mass sensors, thermal actuators, resonant sensors, RF switches, and Carbon Nanotubes resonators.

Younis has a recent book published by Springer on 2011 on the topic of dynamics of MEMS, entitled "MEMS Linear and Nonlinear Statics and Dynamics".


  • MS, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear dynamics of micro and nano systems (MEMS/NEMS)


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

  • 2011-2012