Understanding Why Things go Wrong

Kristen Dorsey ’08

Assistant Professor of Engineering, Smith College

Kristen’s passion for electrical and computer engineering (ECE) is unwavering. After studying ECE at Olin for four years, she joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 as a graduate research assistant, eventually enrolling in its ECE PhD program, from which she graduated in 2013. She then went on to work as a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow and as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC, San Diego.

In July of 2015 Kristen joined Smith College as an assistant professor of engineering, where she teaches and heads her own research lab, The MicroSmithy. The lab’s mission is to train undergraduate women to undertake self-directed research projects and develop and characterize miniature and microscale sensors. At Smith College, Kristen's research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of micro-scale sensors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). She likes to understand “why things go wrong” by investigating device reliability and stability. Her current and previous work has had applications in actuation, gas chemical sensing, and inertial sensing.