Principal Investigator

Luis F. Velasquez-Garcia

Luis F. Velasquez-Garcia (Photo by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office)

Luis Fernando Velásquez-García received the Mechanical Engineer degree (valedictorian of the School of Engineering, magna cum laude) and the Civil Engineer degree (valedictorian of the School of Engineering, magna cum laude) from the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, in 1998 and 1999, respectively, and the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

In 2004, after completing his studies, Dr. Velásquez-García became a Postdoctoral Associate with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), where he was appointed Research Scientist in 2005, and Principal Scientist and Core Member of MTL in 2009. Dr. Velásquez-García is an expert in micro-and nanofabrication technologies, and his research focuses in the application of micro- and nano-technology to multiplexed scaled-down systems to attain better performance. He has conducted research in micro- and nanotechnology applied to a wide range of topics including electrospray, field electron devices, 3-D HV packaging, mass spectrometry, propulsion, and chemical reactors. He has authored more than 15 journal publications and 30 conference proceedings, and he is the holder of 6 patents on MEMS technologies. Dr. Velásquez-García is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and full member of the honor research society Sigma Xi.