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Carol Livermore

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 617.373.4922

Research Focus

MEMS-enabled systems for assistive technologies, energy harvesting, and microscale vacuum applications; origami-enabled microfluidics and tissue engineering; carbon nanomaterials

Education

  • PhD (1998), Physics, Harvard University

Honors & Awards

  • Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (2012), Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Best Student Paper – Oral (with Feras Eid) (2009), PowerMEMS 2009
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching (2007), Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • NSF CAREER Award (2007)

Teaching Interests

  • Solid mechanics – mechanics of materials
  • Microelectromechanical systems

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research Overview

MEMS-enabled systems for assistive technologies, energy harvesting, and microscale vacuum applications; origami-enabled microfluidics and tissue engineering; carbon nanomaterials

Selected Publications

  • X. Xie, C. Livermore, Passively Self-Aligned Assembly of Compact Barrel Hinges for High-Performance, Out-of-Plane MEMS Actuators, IEEE 30th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2017, 813-816
  • C. Yang, X. Xie, S. Liu, C. Livermore, Resealable, Ultra-Low Leak Micro Valve Using Liquid Surface Tension Sealing for Vacuum Applications, Proceedings of Transducers 2017, 2071-2074
  • Yang, C., S. Liu, X. Xie, C. Livermore, Compact, Planar, Translational Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Archimedes’ Spiral Actuating Tethers, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 26(2), 2016,124005
  • S. Liu, C. Martin, D. Lashmore, M. Schauer, C. Livermore, Carbon Nanotube Torsional Springs for Regenerative Braking Systems, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 25(10), 2015, 104005
  • N.S. Shaar, G. Barbastathis, C. Livermore, Integrated Folding, Alignment, and Latching for Reconfigurable Origami MEMS, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 24(4), 2015, 1043-1051
  • T. Liu, R. St. Pierre, C. Livermore, Passively-Switched Energy Harvester for Increased Operational Range, Smart Materials and Structures, 23(9), 2014, e095045
  • X. Xie, Y. Zaitsev, L.F. Velásquez-García, S. Teller, C. Livermore, Scalable, MEMS-Enabled, Vibrational Tactile Actuators for High Resolution Tactile Displays, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 24(12), 2014, 125014

Feb 26, 2018

You made WHAT last summer?

Two students from a Center for STEM Education summer program were featured in NSF’s tumblr post “You made WHAT last summer?” about their work in MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore’s lab.

Faculty

Feb 07, 2018

ApreX Biotech Spinoff Uses Origami for Drug Development

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore's new spinoff company ApreX Biotech is using origami techniques to mimic tissues in the human body to test drug interactions. Source: News @ Northeastern To Northeastern engineering professor Carol Livermore, origami is more than just beautiful art—it’s a platform to create life-saving innovations in science and medicine. Since 2015, a […]

Jun 28, 2017

Young Scholar Program Provides Experience-Based Learning for Future Scientists and Engineers

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.

Faculty

Jan 17, 2017

Livermore awarded a patent for sealable microvalves

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore and doctoral student Chenye Yang were awarded a patent for a “Sealable microvalve that can be repeatedly opened and sealed” that can be used for miniature vacuum and analysis systems. Abstract Source: USPTO A substantially leak-free, sealable microvalve that can be repeatedly opened and sealed is presented. The resealable microvalve […]

May 02, 2016

Faculty and Staff Awards 2016

2016 Faculty and Staff Awards Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2015-2016 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Carol Livermore, MIE Marilyn Minus, MIE Rising Star Staff Award Gabrielle Fiorenza, Co-op Nicole Nightingale, Dean’s Office Outstanding Teachers […]

Mar 23, 2016

2016 COE Faculty Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s class of COE Faculty Fellows: Kaushik Chowdhury, Carol Livermore, and Marilyn Minus.

Graduate

Dec 04, 2015

Carol Livermore co-chairs PowerMEMS 2015, and her research group presents four papers.

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore co-chaired the 15th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2015) in Boston.

Undergraduate

Jul 22, 2015

NSF visits Livermore's Lab as part of Young Scholars Program

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore's Micropower and Nanoengineering Laboratory was visited by a NSF Program Manager to discuss the research she is doing with young scholars and undergraduate students this summer.

Mar 25, 2015

Origami Tissue Engineering

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore-Clifford was featured in Boston Magazine for her ideas of using origami techniques to create 3D organ tissues.

Aug 19, 2014

Fusing Nanotube Structures

MIE Associate Professors Yung Joon Jung, Moneesh Upmanyu, Carol Livermore-Clifford, and ECE Professor David Kaeli were awarded an $1.3M NSF grant to create high-performance carbon nanofibers.

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