Cristian Cassella

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering



  • 422 ISEC
  • 617.373.7509

Research Focus

Acoustic resonators, nonreciprocal components, zero-power sensors for IoT, nonlinear dynamics, ultrasonic transducers


  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Research Overview

Acoustic resonators, nonreciprocal components, zero-power sensors for IoT, nonlinear dynamics, ultrasonic transducers

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • J.M. Puder, J.S. Pulskamp, R.R. Rudy, C. Cassella, M. Rinaldi, G. Chen, S. Bhave, R.G. Polcawich, Rapid Harmonic Analysis of Piezoelectric MEMS Resonators IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonic Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 6(65), 2018, 979-990
  • G. Chen, C. Cassella, T. Wu, M. Rinaldi, Single-Chip Multi-Frequency Wideband Filters Based on Aluminum Nitride Cross-Sectional Lamé Mode Resonators with Thick and Apodized Electrodes, IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2018, 775-778
  • C. Cassella, S. Strachan, Shaw, G. Piazza, Phase Noise Suppression through Parametric Filtering, Applied Physics Letters, 110(6), 2017, 063503
  • Z. Qian, V. Rajaram, R. Sungho Kang, T. Wu, C. Cassella, N. McGruer, M. Rinaldi, Zero Power Infrared Digitizers Based on Plasmonicallyenhanced Micromechanical Photoswitches, Nature Nanotechnology, 12(10), 2017, 969 – 973
  • B. Gibson, K. Qalandar, C. Cassella, G. Piazza, K. Turner, A study on the Effects of Release Area on the Quality Factor of Contour-Mode Resonators by Laser Doppler Vibrometry, IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control, 5(64), 2017, 898-904
  • C. Cassella, Aluminum Nitride Cross-Sectional Lamé Mode Resonators, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 25(2), 2016, 275-285
  • C. Cassella, G. Piazza, Low Phase-Noise Autonomous Parametric Oscillator Based on a 226.7 MHz AlN Contour-Mode Resonator, IEEE transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 62(4) 2015, 617-624.


Oct 01, 2020

Using Two-Dimensional Mode Resonators for High Frequency Filtering

ECE Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella as awarded a patent for “Two-dimensional mode resonators”.


Jun 03, 2020

Rinaldi and Cassella Awarded Patent for “Microelectromechanical Resonant Circulators”

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella were awarded a patent for “Microelectromechanical resonant circulator”.


Mar 30, 2020

Applied Physics Letters Featured Article

ECE Assistant Professor Cristian Casella recently had his article, Aluminum Nitride Two-Dimensional-Resonant-Rods accepted in Applied Physics Letters Journal.

Portraits of Cassella, Onabajo, and Rinaldi


Aug 23, 2019

Cassella Receives NSF Award to Enable Longer Battery Lifetime and Next-Generation Micro- and Nano-Sensors

ECE Assistant Professor Cristian Cassella (PI), Associate Professor Marvin Onabajo, and  Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi received a $437K NSF award from the CCSS-Comms Circuits & Sens Sys program for “Fully Integrated Parametric Filters for Extensive Phase-Noise Reduction in Low-Power RF Front-Ends and Resonant Sensing Platforms.” The research program aims to exploit, for the first time, […]


Aug 30, 2018

New Faculty Spotlight: Cristian Cassella

Cristian Cassella joins the Electrical & Computer Engineering department in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor.


Oct 06, 2017

Rinaldi & McGruer Featured on Cover of Nature Nanotechnology

ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi and Professor Nicol McGruer’s research on “Zero-power infrared digitizers based on plasmonically enhanced micromechanical photoswitches” was featured on the cover of Nature Nanotechnology.

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