Shahrzad Towfighian received her MS degree from Ryerson University in 2006 and her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011. She joined the mechanical engineering department at Binghamton University in fall 2013. Her research interests include micro-electro-mechanical sensors/actuators (MEMS) and energy harvesting. She develops mathematical modeling of electromechanical systems to study nonlinearities and their effect on the system performance. Many undesired nonlinearities are exploited to improve resolution and sensitivity of MEMS devices as well as energy conversion efficiency of vibration harvesters. She has been the recipient of NIH and NSF awards. In her NSF project, she explores a new way of capacitive sensing called repulsive sensors, which can revolutionize billions of miniature devices such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and MEMS microphones that suffer from instability caused by electrostatic force. For her recent NIH grant, she investigates the self-powered load sensors for total knee replacements, which helps monitoring the joint health after replacement. This measurement system can be used as a self-awareness device to raise alert when certain activities occur that may damage the implant, thus it can prevent interventions.
- BS, Amirkabir University of Technology
- MS, Ryerson University
- PhD, University of Waterloo
- Mems actuators and sensors
- mechanical vibration
- linear and nonlinear dynamics
- energy harvesting