Kristen Dorsey

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Kristen Dorsey

Contact & Office Hours

Ford Hall 350



Ph.D., M.S., Carnegie Mellon University

B.S., Olin College of Engineering


Kristen Dorsey's research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of micro-scale sensors and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). She likes to understand “why things go wrong” by investigating device reliability and stability. Her current and previous work has had applications in actuation, gas chemical sensing, and inertial sensing.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys mentoring middle- and high-school students. Previously, she has volunteered with Techbridge Academy for Girls, Summer Engineering Experience, and mentored several FIRST robotics teams.

Selected Publications

K.L. Dorsey and A.P. Pisano, “Stability and Control of a Metal Oxide Gas Sensor in Air Flow”, IEEE J. Sensors, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 699-705, 2016.

D.A. Rolfe, K.L. Dorsey, and A.P. Pisano, “A model to guide template-based nanoparticle printing development,” ASME Intl. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, San Francisco, USA, 2015.

K.L. Dorsey, S.S. Bedair, and G.K. Fedder, “Gas chemical sensitivity of a CMOS MEMS cantilever functionalized by evaporative assembly,” J. Micromech. Microeng. 24 (7), 075001, 2014.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2014, A.G. Jordan Award for Thesis and Service, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2013, University of California Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2012, Neil and Jo Bushnell Fellowship in Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University