The MicroSmithie Lab, May 2018

The MicroSmithie Lab, May 2018

Principal Investigator






Kris L. Dorsey, PhD

Kris Dorsey is an assistant professor of engineering in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College. She was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego. Dr. Dorsey graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and earned her Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College.

Kris founded The MicroSMITHie Lab at Smith College to investigate micro- and miniature-scale sensor design and to prepare undergraduates for graduate study in engineering. Her current research interests include strain-stable, hyperelastic components, novel morphology soft sensors, and sensors for soft robots and wearable devices. 

Dr. Dorsey has co-authored several publications on hyperelastic strain sensors, novel soft lithography processes, and the stability of gas chemical sensors. In 2019, she received the NSF CAREER award.

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Curriculum Vitae


Current Lab Members

Haley Markos (2020)

Senior Thesis

Jody Huang (2020)

Special study: Elastomeric Origami

Mariel Jones (2020)

Special study: Tessellated Origami Sensor Design

Yuhan Wen (2020)

Senior Thesis:

Special study, Summer SURF: Contact force sensor placement on soft gripper for deep-sea organism manipulation

Wasila Yussif (2021)

Special Study



Meng Cao (2019)

M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Carnegie Mellon University

Special study: Fabrication of EcoFlex-EGaIn strain sensors

Summer SURF: Flexible, wearable torsion sensors for detecting arm motion

Becky Shen (2019)

M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Carnegie Mellon University

Summer SURF: A testbed for stretchable strain sensor characterization

Dan Lin (2018)

M.S. in Electrical Engineering student , University of Pennsylvania

Special study: Galinstan switch for curvature measurements

Alysha da Silva (2018)

Special study, senior thesis: Anisotropic strain sensors

Sara Kacmoli (2017)

Graduate research assistant, Princeton University

Special studies: Fundamentals of Microelectronics

Jiaao Lu (2017)

M.S. Student, University of Michigan

Special study: Testbed for strain sensors

Special study: Ice as a sacrificial layer for EcoFlex casting

Sara Lorić (2016)

Graduate research assistant, University of Copenhagen

Honors thesis extension: Metal oxide gas sensors




Updated 19 Feb 2019