Katsuo Kurabayashi

Katsuo Kurabayashi
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 615-5211


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1998
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1994
B.S., Precision Engineering, University of Tokyo, 1992

Research Interests

Microelectromechanical systems; microscale thermal engineering and design; heat transfer in micro/nano structures; semiconductor processing for micromechanical structure fabrication; microfluidic device; sensors and actuators.

Honors and Awards

Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018-19
Outstanding Professor Award, Pi Tau Sigma, April 2007
Visiting Professorship, Tokyo Instutute of Technology, May 2006 - August 2006
Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, January 2001-December 2005
Robert Caddell Memorial Award, The University of Michigan, 2004-2005
Co-author of SPIE Best Student Paper Award (with Yi-Chung Tung), "Nano-Imprinted Strain-Controlled Elastomeric Gratings for Optical Wavelength Tuning with Visible Light", Optics East 2004, October 2004
Outstanding Paper Award, International VLSI Multilevel Interconnection Conference, 1998
Best Paper Award, TECHCON, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), September 1998

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Nine awards were given with grants ranging up to $80,000

For the 2018-19 academic year, CoE has honorably awarded seven ME faculty.

Kurabayashi group and Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers recently discovered enzymes that produce ibuprofens with record-breaking enantiomer purity.

This award is conferred to the 3 best papers presented by student authors among 200 papers accepted from 800+ submitted abstracts.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States

The authors on the paper were ME students Hongsuk Nam, Bo-Ram Oh, Mikai Chen, Sungjin Wi, and Da Li, as well as ME Professors Katsuo Kurabayashi and Xiaogan Liang