Michael McAlpine

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Michael McAlpine

Kuhrmeyer Family Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 117
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Graduate Faculty Member: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ph.D. 2006, Chemistry, Harvard University
B.S. 2000, Chemistry, Brown University

Professional Background

Kuhrmeyer Family Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2019-Present
Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015-2019
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2008-2015
Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 2006-2008

Scientific & Professional Societies

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)Materials Research Society (MRS)Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)


Michael C. McAlpine is the Kuhrmeyer Family Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. (2000) in chemistry with honors from Brown University, and a Ph.D. (2006) in chemistry from Harvard University. His current research is focused on 3D printing functional materials and devices for biomedical applications, with recent breakthroughs in 3D printed neural regeneration devices and 3D printed bionic eyes (one of National Geographic’s 12 Innovations that will Revolutionize the Future of Medicine). He has received several awards for this work, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.

3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices - ME 361-363

ME Research Areas
Materials & Mechanics
Biosystems & Bioengineering

ME Impact Areas
Next-Gen Manufacturing
Human Health
Robotics & Mobility

Research Interests
  • 3D printing functional materials & devices
  • Nanoscale inks
  • Biomedical devices
  • Bioelectronics
  • 3D printed electronics
  • Bioprinting
Teaching Subjects
ME 5223 - Materials in Design
ME 4054W - Design Projects
ME 8255 - Introduction to Nanotechnology

Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research (2018)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2017)
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS) - Kavli Frontiers Fellow (2016)
  • Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award (2015)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2014)
  • Graduate Mentoring Award in Engineering (2013)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2012)
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) - Frontiers of Engineering (2011)
  • Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Under 35 (2010)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2008) 

Selected Publications

  • Z. Zhu, H. S. Park, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Deformable Sensors.” Sci. Adv. 6, eaba5575 (2020)
  • S. H. Park, R. Su, J. Jeong, S. Z. Guo, K. Qiu, D. Joung, F. Meng, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Polymer Photodetectors.” Adv. Mater. 30, 1803980 (2018).
  • Z. Zhu, S.-Z. Guo, T. Hirdler, C. Eide, X. Fan, J. Tolar, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Functional and Biological Materials on Moving Freeform Surfaces.” Adv. Mater. 30, 1707495 (2018). [Inside Back Cover]
  • B. N. Johnson, K. Z. Lancaster, G. Zhen, J. He, M. K. Gupta, Y. L. Kong, E. A. Engel, K. D. Krick, A. Ju, F. Meng, L. W. Enquist, X. Jia, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Anatomical Nerve Regeneration Pathways.” Adv. Funct. Mater. 25, 6205-6217 (2015).
  • Y. L. Kong, I. A. Tamargo, H. Kim, B. N. Johnson, M. K. Gupta, T.-W. Koh, H.-A. Chin, D. A. Steingart, B. P. Rand, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes.” Nano Lett. 14, 7017-7023 (2014).

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