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Biography of Chang Liu, Northwestern University

Chang Liu is a professor of engineering at Northwestern University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a member of both mechanical engineering and electrical engineering departments.

Chang Liu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1991 and 1995, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was titled "Micromachined sensors and actuators for fluid mechanics applications". In January 1996, he joined the Microelectronics Laboratory of the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral researcher. In January 1997, he became an Illinois assistant professor with major appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and minor appointment in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. In 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In 2007, he became a full professor with major appointment in Mechanical Engineering department in Northwestern University. He holds joint appointment in Electrical Engineering department.  He also served as the director of the Northwestern University cleanroom NuFab. Prof. Liu has consulted for many companies on the topics of sensors integration, intelligent systems design, mechatronics, and flow control systems. He has worked with Pepsi, NanoInk, MEMSFab, OpticalMEMS, and Tyco Electronics

His research interests cover bioinspired sensors, sensor application in medicine, MEMS, polymer MEMS, and biological science. He has 19 years of research experience in the MEMS area and has published over 200 technical papers (80+ journal papers). Prof. Liu received the NSF CAREER award in 1998.  His work is funded by NSF, NIH, the US Department of Defense, and various companies (including Baxter). He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal. He is now an editor of the IEEE/Journal of MEMS.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses covering the areas of MEMS, solid state electronics, and heat transfer. Prof. Liu was elected to IEEE Fellow in 2010. His work has been cited in popular media many times.

His group, MedX Laboratory of Northwestern University, conducts research in development of MEMS for medicine and health related applications. Northwestern University is located in Evanston, IL. It is a suburb in the greater Chicago area. Dr. Liu also serves as a science advisory board member of Chicago area's NanoInk Corporation.

Dr. Liu teaches the following courses (click for syllabus) at Northwestern University: Electrical circuit analysis (EECS221), Micromachining (ME451, graduate level course), Sensors: Fundamentals and Applications, Technology Innovation and Commercialization (ME495, inaugural offering Spring 2011). 

Chang Liu is passionate about engineering education and innovation. Chang Liu teaches a variety of classes, including solid state physics, circuit design, heat transfer, system dynamics, MEMS, and sensors. He is particularly interested in teaching engineering students about innovation and commercialization. He also created a new class called "Technology Innovation and Commercialization" - it is a case based class for engineering graduate students. The objective for creating this class is to provide engineering students with sophisticated background of the real world so that they can become more efficient innovators. Dr. Liu serves as a member of the faculty advisory board of Northwestern University's INVO initiative (Innovation and New Ventures Office)

Chang Liu is a graduate from Prof. Yu-Chong Tai's lab at Caltech (1996).  Dr. Tai in turn earned his Ph.D. from Dr. Richard S. Muller of UC Berkeley in 1989.

A version of Chang Liu's biography in simplified Chinese can be viewed here.