Mechanical Engineering Special Seminar
“Engineering Matter with Photons for Advanced Technologies”
Presented by Dr. Kitty Kumar, Carnegie Mellon University
Photons are central to many of the forefront trends in science and technology today, serving as a powerful nanofabrication tool or a delicate laser tweezer to manipulate nanoparticles, or an insightful spectroscopic probe for unraveling the structure of large protein molecules. I will present how I have developed light (photons) as the tool to encode functionality into materials and reset the state-of-the-art in flexible silicon-based and soft matter electronics. The work addresses the key challenges in the advancement of emerging technologies by studying the fundamental laser-material interactions and bridges the gap between research and commercialization.
Dr. Kitty Kumar is a postdoctoral associate at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are focused on fundamental principles and practices in ultrafast laser science, soft condensed matter, laser material processing, nanofabrication, biomimetics, and programmable soft matter to address emerging scientific questions and key technical bottlenecks in advanced soft matter technologies for sensing, analysis, space exploration and biomedicine. Kitty received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she focused on the laser-assisted fabrication of flexible solar cells and developed a novel laser processing technique for three-dimensional structuring of dielectric thin films for flexible electronics. During the postdoctoral position at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Technologies, Harvard University, she concentrated on the design and fabrication of bio-inspired advanced soft robotic systems for biomedical applications.