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David Erickson promoted

Monday, June 15, 2015

Professor David Erickson

David Erickson promoted to Professor with Tenure starting July 1, 2015.  Congratulations!


Prof. David Erickson is a Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on: mobile and global health technology, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. Research in the Erickson lab is primarily funded through grants from the NSF, NIH, ARPA-E, ONR, DOE and DARPA. Prof. Erickson has co-founded or helped to form several start-up companies commercializing smartphone enabled medical diagnostics, global health technologies, or high-throughput nanoparticle analysis instrumentation. In recent years, Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Department of Energy Early Career Award. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama. For his efforts in co-founding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Research Interests

The focus of his research at Cornell has been at the intersection of microfluidics and optics, applied largely to biomedical applications. Erickson’s group is experimentally based but they make use of numerical and analytical techniques to understand the underlying physics behind the systems under investigation and help guide their work. They have used their skills to address problems and develop technologies in a number of areas of including: bimolecular sensing and analysis, mobile & global health, biofuel production, and optofluidics and nanomanipulation.

Teaching Interests

Since joining Cornell he has been responsible for teaching four classes: ENGRD 2210 - Engineering Thermodynamics, MAE 6010 - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics, MAE 6560 - Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion, and MAE 6620 - Biomedical Technologies for Point-of-Care Diagnostics and Mobile/Global Health.


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