Two New Professors
Jongyoon Han and Joel Voldman
February Issue 2
This summer, RLE welcomed two of our newest faculty, Jongyoon
Han and Joel Voldman.
A significant contributor to RLEs growth the past few years
has been our expanding ranks of young professors. RLE has completed
extensive laboratory and office renovations this month for the two
new researchers. These renovations include modern optics measurement,
microscopy, tissue culture, and wet biological research
Both Han and Voldman exemplify one of the continuing core themes
of RLE research, which is the exploration of the interface of electronics
Han was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science in the summer of 2002, and has a concurrent
joint faculty appointment in MITs Biological Engineering Division.
He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2001.While a graduate
research assistant at Cornell, Han earned wide recognition for his
pioneering work to build and test an innovative laboratory
on a chip possessing the capability to perform DNA sequencing
in minutes rather than the hours typical of conventional technology.
After being graduated from Cornell, Han worked as a research scientist
at Sandia National Laboratories where he studied protein microfluidic
separation systems. Hans current research interests revolve
around the application of micro and nanofabrication technology to
various fundamental biology problems, including the separation and
analysis of biomolecules.
Voldman was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science in the summer of 2002. He received his PhD
from MIT in 2001 and then conducted postdoctoral research at MIT
and Harvard Medical School before joining the MIT faculty. Voldmans
research focuses on biomedical micro-electromechanical systems,
or BioMEMS, and seeks to apply microfabrication technology to understand
biological systems, especially at the cellular level. His objective
is to develop technologies that enhance or enable the acquisition
of new information from cellular structures.Voldmans current
work builds on several disciplines, including electrical engineering,
microfabrication, bioengineering, surface science, fluid mechanics,
and mass transport.