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 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 leads the Micro- and Nano-Enabled Multiplexed Scaled-Down Systems Group, which conducts fundamental and applied research on miniaturized devices and systems that exploit high-electric field phenomena (e.g., electrospray, gas ionization, field emission, X-rays, plasmas) for space, healthcare, and manufacturing applications. His work currently focuses on additively manufactured micro and nanosystems. He has authored more than 145 publications in the top journals and conferences of his fields of expertise, and he holds 13 patents on micro and nanosystems​ technologies.

Dr. Velásquez-García is a Full Member of Sigma Xi and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He served as the Co-Chair of the 15th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2015). His group’s work has received multiple recognitions, including best paper awards in conferences such as PowerMEMS and Transducers, and best-paper highlights at journals such as the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, the IOP Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, the IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and IOP Nanotechnology.