Research Focus

Soft robotics, wearable devices, active and multifunctional materials, flexible electronics


Kris Dorsey is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Dr. Dorsey is also currently an MLK Visiting Associate Professor in the Media Lab at MIT, and previously was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the 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. Dr. Dorsey’s current research interests include the design and fabrication of reconfigurable soft sensors for soft robots and wearable medical devices. In 2019, Dr. Dorsey was awarded an NSF CAREER grant.


  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013

Honors & Awards

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers
  • Member, Materials Research Society

Research Overview

Soft robotics, wearable devices, active and multifunctional materials, flexible electronics

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • O.A. Araromi, M.A. Graule, K.L. Dorsey, S. Castellanos, J.R. Foster, W.H. Hsu, J.J. Vlassak, W.H. Hsu, A.E. Passy, J.J. Vlassak, J.C. Weaver, C.J. Walsh, R.J. Wood, “Ultra-sensitive and resilient compliant strain gauges for soft machines,” Nature, no. 587, pp. 219–224, 2020.
  • K.L. Dorsey, M. Cao*, G.A. Slipher, and N. Lazarus, “Mechanical isolation and temperature compensation in soft elastomer components,” IEEE J. Sensors, vol. 18, no. 18, 2018.
  • D.A. Rolfe, K.L. Dorsey, J.C. Cheng, and A.P. Pisano, “A surface acoustic resonator with template-patterned interdigitated fingers,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 248, 2016.
  • K.L. Dorsey and A.P. Pisano, “Stability and Control of a Metal Oxide Gas Sensor Under Air Flow,” IEEE J. Sensors, vol. 16, no. 3, 2016.
  • K.L. Dorsey, S.S. Bedair, and G.K. Fedder, “Gas chemical sensitivity of a CMOS MEMS cantilever functionalized by evaporative assembly,” J. Micromech. Microeng., vol. 24, no. 7, 2014
Kristen Dorsey


Oct 27, 2022

Dorsey Named JMM Emerging Leader

Kris Dorsey, associate professor at ECE, is the winner of the 2022 Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering Emerging Leader Award, in recognition of her outstanding article “Analysis of DefeXtiles: a 3D printed textile towards garments and accessories.”


Oct 07, 2022

Announcing Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards. This extraordinary group of students is taking on a range of exciting projects, from exploring axolotl limb regeneration to building a snake-inspired robot to understanding accessibility on Broadway. ASCENT AWARDS Justin Almendral COE’24, “Wearable Art” Mentor: […]

Kristen Dorsey


Aug 07, 2022

2022 Abie Award Winner Kris Dorsey

Kris Dorsey, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, jointly appointed in physical therapy, movement and rehabilitation sciences, is a 2022 Emerging Leader Abie Award winner from

Kristen Dorsey


May 25, 2022

NSF CAREER Award to Develop New Class of Soft Deformation Sensors with Origami Patterns

ECE/Bouve Associate Professor Kris Dorsey was awarded a $500K NSF CAREER award for “Rigidity tuned elastomer origami tessellations for fast, reconfigurable, and soft mechanoreceptors.”

Kristen Dorsey


Oct 14, 2021

50 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About 2021

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day (international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM), ECE/Bouve Associate Professor Kris Dorsey was featured in Robohub’s 2021 edition of “50 women in robotics you need to know about.” 

Kristen Dorsey


Aug 18, 2021

New Faculty Spotlight: Kristen Dorsey

Kristen Dorsey joins the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in August 2021 as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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