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Carol Livermore

334 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD (1998), Physics, Harvard University

Research & Scholarship Interests

MEMS-enabled systems for assistive technologies, energy harvesting, and microscale vacuum systems, tissue engineering via origami folding, carbon nanomaterials
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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (2012), Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Best Student Paper – Oral (with Feras Eid) (2009), PowerMEMS 2009
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching (2007), Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • NSF CAREER Award (2007)

Teaching Interests

  • Solid mechanics – mechanics of materials
  • Microelectromechanical systems

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Selected Publications

  • X. Xie, C. Livermore, Passively Self-Aligned Assembly of Compact Barrel Hinges for High-Performance, Out-of-Plane MEMS Actuators, IEEE 30th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2017, 813-816
  • C. Yang, X. Xie, S. Liu, C. Livermore, Resealable, Ultra-Low Leak Micro Valve Using Liquid Surface Tension Sealing for Vacuum Applications, Proceedings of Transducers 2017, 2071-2074
  • Yang, C., S. Liu, X. Xie, C. Livermore, Compact, Planar, Translational Piezoelectric Bimorph Actuator with Archimedes’ Spiral Actuating Tethers, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 26(2), 2016,124005
  • S. Liu, C. Martin, D. Lashmore, M. Schauer, C. Livermore, Carbon Nanotube Torsional Springs for Regenerative Braking Systems, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 25(10), 2015, 104005
  • N.S. Shaar, G. Barbastathis, C. Livermore, Integrated Folding, Alignment, and Latching for Reconfigurable Origami MEMS, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 24(4), 2015, 1043-1051
  • T. Liu, R. St. Pierre, C. Livermore, Passively-Switched Energy Harvester for Increased Operational Range, Smart Materials and Structures, 23(9), 2014, e095045
  • X. Xie, Y. Zaitsev, L.F. Velásquez-García, S. Teller, C. Livermore, Scalable, MEMS-Enabled, Vibrational Tactile Actuators for High Resolution Tactile Displays, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 24(12), 2014, 125014
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Related News

February 26, 2018

Two students from a Center for STEM Education summer program were featured in NSF's tumblr post "You made WHAT last summer?" about their work in MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore's lab.

February 7, 2018

MIE Associate Professor Carol Livermore's new spinoff company ApreX Biotech is using origami techniques to mimic tissues in the human body to test drug interactions. Source: News @ Northeastern...

June 28, 2017

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.