samuel kassegne

Dr. Samuel Kassegne


Academic Affairs
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

San Diego

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182


Dr. Sam Kassegne holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests are in the areas of MEMS, bio-nanoelectronics, and integrated micro- and nano-fabrication technologies. His experimental research work is focused primarily in Organic-MEMS, novel applications of microfluidics/nanofluidics and microarray technology, new bio-nanoelectronics platforms, as well as polymer photovoltaic technology. His lab has a strong focus on developing the next generation of integrated micro- and nano-lithography technology for a variety of application areas. Other focus areas include MEMS-based IMUs.

Dr. Kassegne has an extensive industrial experience in MEMS, biotech and computational sciences acquired through his employment at Nanogen, Microfabrica and Bentley Systems in Southern California. He also has consulted for the following companies: Corning/Intellisense, SAIC, Nevada Nanotech, OxyHeal, ERC, OmniTech, KeyMark Engineering, Game Changers, Cooley LLP, and Nokia. Further, as evidenced by the breadth and depth of his publication records and the companies he has consulted for, Dr. Kassegne has a unique engineering background that spans a number of engineering disciplines.

Dr. Kassegne's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, San Diego Foundation, CSUPERB, AlphaTec, and Amco (Korea). He has also taught MEMS & FEA courses at UCSD and UCI where he was a visiting scientist at Marc Madou's Lab.

Area of Expertise

MEMS/NEMS, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering and Computational Sciences


Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


NSF, Navy (SPAWAR, SSC-PAC), DoE, San Diego Foundation, AlphaTec, AMO Co., CSUPERB, UGP (Internal)


1. Vahidi, N., Hirabayashi, M., Mehta, B, Khosla, A., and Kassegne, S., "Bionanoelectronics Platform with DNA Molecular Wires Attached to High Aspect-Ratio 3D Metal Microelectrodes’’, ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 3 (3), Q29-Q36  2014.

2.  Kassegne, S., Khosla, A., Patel, D., Paramesh, N., Harwood, N., Arya, B., “Coriolis Force for Facilitating DNA Molecular Migration and Hybridization in Compact Disk Microfluidic Platforms”, Journal of Microsystem Technologies, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00542-014-2087-x, 2014.

3. Hirabayashi, M., Mehta, B, Vahidi, N, Khosla, A., and Kassegne, S., "Functionalization and Characterization of of Pyrolyzed Polymer Based Carbon Microstructures for Bionanoelectronics Platform’’, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 23 (11), 115001, 2013.

4. Kassegne, S., Moon, K., Martín-Ramos, P., Majzoub, M., Ozturk, G., Desai, K., Parikh, M., et al. "Organic MEMS/NEMS-based high-efficiency 3D ITO-less flexible photovoltaic cells", Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 22 (11), 115015, 2012.

5. Moon, K.S., Morsi, K., Kassegne, S.K., Sepehri, A., Murray, T., “Mechanical vibration induced electro-spinning of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)”, Proceedings of SPIE, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites, doi:10.1117/12.91759, 2012.

6.  Frank, M., Moon, K.S., Kassegne, S.K., "A PMMA coated PMN-PT single crystal resonator for sensing chemical agents", Smart Materials and Structures 19 (3), 035015, 2010.

7.  Kassegne, S.K., Arya, B., Yadav, N., “Numerical Modeling of the Effect of Histidine Protonation on DNA Hybridization and pH Distribution in Electronically Active Microarrays”, Journal of Sensors and Actuators, Part B. Chemical, Elsevier Science B.V, 2009.  

8.  Chun, K.S. Wondimu, B., and Kassegne, S.K., “Hybrid/Mixed Assumed Stress Element for Anisotropic Laminated Elliptical and Parabolic Shells”, Journal of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Volume 45 (2009), pp 766-781, 2009.

9.  Nguyen, B. and Kassegne, S.K., “High-Current Density DC Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) Micropump with Bubble Isolation and Release System”, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Springer-Verlag, Volume 5, 383-393, January 2008.

10.  Zhou, L., Sharma, S., and Kassegne, S., “Reconfigurable Microstrip Rectangular Loop Antennas Using RF MEMS Switches”, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp 252-256, 2008.