Prof. Matteo Rinaldi

Matteo Rinaldi received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in January 2012.

Dr. Rinaldi’s research focuses on understanding and exploiting the fundamental properties of micro/nanomechanical structures and advanced nanomaterials to engineer new classes of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) with unique and enabling features applied to the areas of chemical, physical and biological sensing and low power reconfigurable radio communication systems. In particular, his group has been actively working on experimental research topics and practical applications to ultra-low power MEMS/NEMS sensors (infrared, magnetic, chemical and biological), plasmonic micro and nano electromechanical devices, medical micro systems and implantable micro devices for intra-body networks, reconfigurable radio frequency devices and systems, phase change material switches, 2D material enabled micro and nano mechanical devices.

The research in Dr. Rinaldi’s group is supported by several Federal grants (including DARPA, NSF, DHS) and the Keck foundation.

Dr. Rinaldi has co-authored more than 80 publications in the aforementioned research areas and also holds 2 patents and more than 10 device patent applications in the field of MEMS/NEMS.

Dr. Rinaldi was the recipient of the IEEE Sensors Council Early Career Award in 2015, the NSF CAREER Award in 2014 and the DARPA Young Faculty Award class of 2012. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017 (with his student) IEEE International Frequency Control Symposiums and the Outstanding Paper Award at the 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, Transducers 2015 (with his student).

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Program Manager

Wenjun Zhang

BS: University of Science and Technology of China, China
PhD & MBA: Northeastern University, Boston, MA

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Research Faculty

Prof. Zhenyun Qian

BS: Southeast University, Nanjing, China
MS: Northeastern University, Boston, MA
PhD: Northeastern University, Boston, MA

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Associate Research Scientist

Luca Colombo

BS: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
MS: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
PhD: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

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Pietro Simeoni

BS: Politecnico di Torino, Italy
MS: Politecnico di Torino, Italy
PhD: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

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Post-Doctoral Researcher

Sila Deniz Calisgan

BS: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

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Ongoing project: Sensors and RF Components based on Micromechanical Relay

Ph.D. Students/Candidates

Antea Risso

BS: Politecnico di Torino, Tongji University (double degree)
MS: Politenico di Torino, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble & École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( joint degree)

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Ongoing project: MEMS IR Sensors for Smart Farming

Gabriel Giribaldi

BS: Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
MS: Joint degree between EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, PoliTo, Turin, Italy and INP, Grenoble, France

Email: giribaldi.g<at>
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Ongoing project: Design and fabrication of super high-frequency microacustic resonators for RF filtering applications and micromachined ultrasound transducers for IoT applications.

Farah Ben Ayed

BE: Electric Engineering with IT Minor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Exchange Student: EPFL Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

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Ongoing project: Design and assemble sensor node for Zero-Power Sensors for Large Scale Energy-Smart Farms.

Master Students


Visiting Scholars


  • Shahrokh Saeedi (currently Post-doc at The University of Oklahoma)
  • Raul Vyas (M.S. 2014, currently PhD student at Duke University)
  • Yukang Feng (M.S. 2014, currently PhD student at The University of Virginia)
  • Dr. Yu Hui (Ph.D. 2015, currently Electrical Staff Engineer at Skyworks Solutions)
  • Eric Walther-Grant (M.S. 2015, currently Electrical Engineer at BAE Systems)
  • Dr. Tao Wu (Post-doc 2017, currently professor at ShanghaiTech University)
  • Emmanouil Mandrakis (Visiting Scholar 2017, currently M.S. student at EPFL Lausanne)
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Hummel (Ph.D. 2018, currently post-doc at Sandia National Laboratories)
  • Dr. Cristian Cassella (Research Scientist 2018, currently Assistant Professor at Northeastern University)
  • Dr. Guofeng Chen (Ph.D. 2018, currently MEMS Designer at Skyworks Solutions)
  • Dr. Yao Yu (Ph.D. 2020, currently at Texas Instruments)
  • Dr. William Zhu (Ph.D. 2020, currently at Draper Laboratory)
  • Dr. Vageeswar Rajaram (Ph.D. 2021, currently at InvenSense)
  • Dr. Flavius Pop (Ph.D. 2021, currently at Apple)
  • Dr. Sungho (Ryan) Kang (Ph.D. 2022, currently at Apple)
  • Dr. Michele Pirro (Ph.D. 2022, currently at Skyworks Solutions)
  • Dr. Meruyert Assylbekova (Ph.D. 2022, currently at Skyworks Solutions)
  • Dr. Giuseppe Michetti (Ph.D. 2022, currently at Anokiwave)
  • Dr. Bernard Herrera-Soukup (Ph.D. 2022, currently at Qualcomm)

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