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Masaru P. Rao

Masaru P. Rao

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Masaru Rao received his B.S. in material science and engineering from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in materials engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Following graduation, he took a post-doctoral researcher position in Professor Noel MacDonald's group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, where he was involved in the development of plasma-based micromachining of titanium. Dr. Rao is currently involved in commercialization of this technology.

Dr. Rao's research interests lie in the development of novel microfabrication technologies for applications ranging from microelectronics to biomedical microdevices. He has authored or co-authored over 15 journal articles and conference proceedings and has presented lectures in fields ranging from ceramic composites for gas turbine applications to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for telecommunications.