Kevin Turner
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Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

Energy Related Interests:  Transfer processes for semiconductor films; Mechanics of layered systems (including photovoltaic devices); Energy Harvesting

Research Interests:

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (Micro-mechanicsMEMS)
  • Nano-mechanicsNanomanufacturing

Research Overview:  Turner's research addresses fundamental and applied problems at the intersection of the fields of surface and interface mechanics and micro- and nanosystems. Surface and interface mechanics, which encompasses fracture, contact, and adhesion mechanics, plays a crucial role in determining the behavior of many micro- and nano-scale systems and manufacturing processes. Turner's research group uses a combination of experimental measurements, analytical modeling, and numerical simulations to improve and realize innovative micro- and nanomanufacturing processes as well as to develop new approaches to measure the mechanical properties of interfaces at small scales. His current work includes projects in semiconductor wafer bonding, microtransfer printing, tip-based nanomanufacturing, microfluidic devices for probing cell mechanics, and characterizing soft materials and interfaces.

Kevin Turner's Recent Publications

PhD Mechanical Engineering 2004 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SM Mechanical Engineering 2001 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS Mechanical Engineering 1999 - Johns Hopkins University

Honors and Awards:
Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award - 2011, Adhesion Society, Young Adhesion Scientist Award - 2011, NSF CAREER Award - 2009, 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award - 2009, ASEE Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator - 2008