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The MicroSmithie Lab, May 2018

Principal Investigator

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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.

She 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 novel morphology soft sensors, stability concerns for soft-material 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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Current Lab Members

Wasila Yussif (2021)
Nana A. (2022)
Molly L. (2022)
Rachael S. (2023)
Linnea F. (2023)
Mealaktey S. (2024)


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

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 September 2020