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

G.G. Brown Laboratories on North Campus, expanded one year ago, allow researchers to study the forces at work at the smallest scales, to advance nanotechnologies in energy, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology.

This device, developed by a multidisciplinary team including ME professors Fu and Kurabayashi, is a microfluidic device that uses a miniscule amount of blood – a mere microliter – to achieve test results in 20 minutes

Four ME faculty members received College of Engineering Awards in 2015. These recipients include Jun Ni, Huei Peng, Katsuo Kurabayashi, and Jianping Fu

A transformative diagnostic tool for rapid measurement of patient immune status, developed through a close collaboration between U-M researchers from the Medical School and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received NIH funding this past July

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