Smela, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Smela
2176 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
Research Interests: 

Dr. Smela's research is primarily in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), particularly polymer MEMS and bioMEMS. She focuses on the use of organic materials (from polymers to cells) in microsystems to realize microactuators, cell-based sensors, and CMOS/MEMS integrated systems.

  • Research Scientist, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Senior Scientist, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark
  • Vice President of Research and Development, Santa Fe Science and Technology, Inc. (SFST), New Mexico
  • University of Maryland since 2000


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Honors and Awards

NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2004
   (converted from CAREER award, 2003)
Outstanding Invention of 2004, Office of Technology Commercialization, UMD
   cell sensor based pathogen detection
DuPont Young Professor Award, 2003
Danish Research Councils Talent Project award, 1998
NSF Fellow, Summer Institute in Japan, 1991
E. Robert Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, UMD, 2004

Dept of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park