Previous Group Members


Ashley Beckwith

In 2015, Ashley received B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University. She worked briefly in industry as a quality engineer focused on the development of medical devices before joining the Velásquez-García Group in 2016. Ashley received her S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2018, and her PhD in 2021. Her Master’s work included the design, development, and implementation of additively manufactured microfluidic platforms which enable the evaluation of tumor response to immunotherapy treatments. Her doctoral work focused on additive manufacturing of living materials.

Yosef Kornbluth

Yosef earned a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Yeshiva University. While an undergraduate, he conducted research in catastrophic network failure, plasma modelling for a stellarator, and computational microfluidics. He joined the Velásquez-García’s Group in 2016, obtaining a PhD in 2021 for his work in making a MEMS-based 3D printer for metals using microplasmas.

Zhumei Sun

Zhumei received her B.E. degree in Test Control Technique and Instrument from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013 (with honor), her M.E. in Optical Engineering from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016. She joined the Velásquez-García’s Group in 2016. Before MIT, Zhumei’s research was focused on the study of full-color dynamic computer-generated holographic three-dimensional display and modal analysis of deep-etched subwavelength gratings. She is now working on 3d printing of metal detail-rich meso/microstructures for vacuum  applications.

Dr. Anirban Basu

Anirban Basu received the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) at Shibpur (earlier called Bengal Engineering and Science University) in 2006, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Florida in 2010, and a PhD on MEMS relays from I moved to Northeastern University in 2014. In 2014, anirban joined the Velásquez-García Group @ MIT as a postdoctoral researcher to work on miniaturized vacuum systems that use field emission to generate X-rays and magneticless vacuum ion pumps.

Dr. Erika García-López

Erika received the Electronics Engineer degree from Tecnológico de Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico in 2007. She obtained her PhD and MSc from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, NL., Mexico in 2010 and 2015 respectively. Her doctoral research was based on process optimization of laser micro-cutting of coronary stents and micro-milling for lab on chip applications. Her research line is focus on non-conventional manufacturing process. She joined Velásquez- Garcia group at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associated in fall 2016. Her current research is focused on electrospinning method for tissue engineering scaffolding using 3D-printed hardware and on 3D printing for magnetics MEMS applications.

Dr. Daniel Olvera-Trejo

Daniel received the Mechatronics Engineer degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey NL, Mexico in 2012. His doctoral research focused on the application of mathematical models to predict the dynamic stability of mechanical systems and chatter vibration in the machining process. In 2013, he becomes Postdoctoral Associate with the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology, where he was appointed Research Scientist. Daniel joined Velásquez-García Group at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2015. His current research is focused on fabrication of 3D printed electrospray sources for generation of micro and nanoparticles.


Dr. Ran Wang

Ran Wang received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering of Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in 2015. In 5 years, Ran Wang led and joined diverse MicroElectroMechanical systems (MEMS) projects, including biosensors, acoustic actuators and microfluidic devices. Since October 2015, Ran joined Dr. Luis Fernando Velásquez-García’s group, and participated in the medical device projects for the surgical application, including blood flow rate sensor and blood pressure sensor.