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How can we best educate and train graduate and undergraduate students to be effective in applying mutlidisciplinary knowledge and skills to solve complex real-world problems, while retaining significant professional immersion in their respective disciplinary fields? Given the broad interdisciplinary nature of our research program, students at LMST will have an outstanding opportunity to work in an area that bridges basic research and application.

We are always looking for talented and qualified researchers as undergraduate and graduate students, Post Docs and visiting scientists. Openings for such people appear regularly. Interested parties should email to Professor Zhang and include their CV and research interests.

  Graduate Admission

LMST (Laboratory for Microsystems Technology) is in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, students in LMST graduate with Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, applicants do not have to have the exact undergrad background. In fact, LMST welcomes all prospective graduate student applicants who feel that they can contribute to our MEMS and nanotechnology research. Current LMST members do have very diverse background such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, and Applied Physics etc. We encourage applications from both MS and PhD students, although funding from the laboratory is usually biased toward PhD students. Students who are interested in our graduate program are encouraged to follow the general Boston University Graduate Admission. It is important, however, to state in your application your interest to pursue MEMS and Nanotechnology research in the Mechanical Engineering Department with Professor Xin Zhang. Feel free also to contact any of the students in the laboratory directly for a student's perspective on life in the laboratory and at City Boston.

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  Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We believe that involving undergraduates in research is an important component of their education and maturation process. It is also well demonstrated that undergraduates who are exposed early in their educational career to hands-on experiences in the processing of doing research are quicker to develop motivation and more successful in continuing in the science and engineering. Undergraduate students at BU are invited to arrange to meet Professor Xin Zhang during her office hours to discuss possibilities for research openings. Typically, undergraduates are in their junior or senior year of study, and spend 10-12 hours per week during the academic year in the laboratory. Summer research opportunities also exist, pending funding sources. A variety of research topics are usually available, ranging from computer analysis to experimental testing. A strong ability to both work independently and collaborate with other students is probably the most important element required for undergraduate research.

College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Opportunities
NSF REU Site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing (Director: Xin Zhang)
NSF RET Site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing (Director: Xin Zhang)

For those students interested in MEMS/NEMS at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the following courses are offered by Professor Xin Zhang on a regular basis:
ME/MS 555: MEMS/NEMS - Fabrication and Materials
ME/MS 778: Micromachined Transducers

Professor Xin Zhang also teaches the following undergraduate courses on a regular basis:
ME 304: Energy and Thermodynamics
ME 305: Mechanics of Materials

Women@MEMS (picture taken at IEEE Solid-State Sensor & Actuator Workshop, Hilton Head Island)

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