TMI Seminar Series: David Erickson, Ph.D.

David Erickson is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (College of Engineering), the Sibley College Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and joint Professor within the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. His research focuses on: mobile and global health technology, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. Research in the Erickson lab is primarily funded through grants from the NSF, NIH, ARPA-E, ONR, DOE, DOD, and various foundations. Prof. Erickson has helped to found numerous start-up companies commercializing: highthroughput nanoparticle analysis instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and energy technologies including Halo Labs (, VitaScan ( and Dimensional Energy ( Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, among others. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama. For his efforts in cofounding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

To read more about Dr. Erickson’s research, visit his research page here.