Sarah Spector

Sarah  Spector
MIT EECS | Analog Devices Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Tomas A. Palacios
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Devices
Years: 2019-2020
Research Project Title:

Electromagnetic Actuation of Electronic Microsystems

abstract:Modern innovations in the field of miniaturizing electronics through new techniques in nanotechnology have the potential to forever alter our relationship with electronic devices; think displays embedded in windows or ubiquitous sensors and energy harvesting. One emergent technology that may lead to such a world is the SynCell project which aims to test the limits of size and electronics by building electronic microsystems at the scale of biological cells (~100um). My project will focus on automating the magnetic locomotion of SynCells by creating a platform to programmatically move SynCells through a solution using variable magnetic fields. Creating this programmable magnetic mat will involve system design and field simulation, prototyping and testing, and possibly an extension to 3D.
About:

"Ever since taking 6.013 (Electromagnetics and Applications), I have been fascinated by the applications of physics in the operation of electronics. I am excited to be working on a project at the cutting edge of nanotechnology which may provide a preview of electronics' future. Through SuperUROP, I hope to gain a better understanding not only of physics and electronics but of the process of investigative research itself."