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Laxman Saggere, PhD

(Sadly, Professor Saggere passed away on April 27, 2020)

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Building & Room:

2035 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, MC 251, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 413-1031

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Research Interests

Professor Saggere’s research interests are in the microsystems (MEMS/NEMS) technology focused on the development of enabling tools and techniques tailored to address unique or unmet challenges in medical and engineering fields. The multidisciplinary research in his laboratory is directed at developing innovative micro- and nano-scale devices through biomimetic and bioinspired design paradigms to enable new or advanced applications in prosthetics, surgery, microrobotics, microassembly and other areas. As part of this effort, his research also seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms at play in physical and biological systems at small scales. The current thrust areas of development in his laboratory include: Neural Interfaces and BioMEMS, Piezoelectric MEMS Transducers, and Compliant Micromechanisms and Robotics.

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Professional Leadership

2005 – 2009, Founding Chair, The ASME Micro/Nano Systems Committee, ASME Design Engineering Division

2006 – 2007, Founding Chair, The First ASME International Conference on Micro/Nano Systems, ASME

2008 – 2009, Co-Chair, Micro and Nano Systems Track, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congresss and Exposition

2009 – 2013, Executive Committee Member, ASME Nanoengineering Council

Notable Honors

2019, NIH Trailblazer Award, National Institutues of Health

2011, 2009, 2004, Best Paper Awards, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition; ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences

2009, 2006, Faculty Research Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Engineering

2005, NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 1993

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, 1987