University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Noel Macdonald


Mechanical Engineering

Noel Macdonald


UCSB Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Room 2349 Engineering II Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070

tel: (805) 893-5118
fax: (805) 893-8651

Personal web site

Research Description

Advanced materials and fabrication methods for micro- and nanoelectromechanical
and electrofluidic systems.

Research Groups


Noel MacDonald, who holds a joint professorial appointment in the departments of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering and in Materials, is a member of National Academy of Engineering. He specializes in the area of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Before coming to UCSB, MacDonald was on the faculty at Cornell, and more recently, served as Director of the Federal Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


  • Federal Microsystems Techonology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


  • National Academy of Engineering, 2000

Selected Publications

  • An analytical model for the effect of elastic modulus mismatch on laminate threshold strength, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 13/3, 2005, 329-340, A. Paranjpye, G.E. Beltz and N.C. MacDonald, web link
  • Fabrication and characterization of patterned micrometer scale interpenetrating Au-TiO2 network nanocomposites, Nanotechnology, 16, 2005, 1029-1034, A. S. Zuruzi, M. S. Ward, N. C. MacDonald, web link
  • Facile fabrication and integration of patterned nanostructured TiO2 for microsystems applications, Advanced Functional Materials, 15/3, 2005, 396-402, A. S. Zuruzi, N. C. MacDonald, web link
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Etching of Bulk Titanium for MEMS Applications, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152/10, 2005, 675-683, E. R. Parker, B. J. Thibeault, M. F. Aimi, M. P. Rao, and N. C. MacDonald, web link
  • MEMS-tunable vertical-cavity SOAs, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 41/3, 2005, 390-407, G. D. Cole, E. S. Bjorlin, Q. Chen, C.-Y. Chan, S. Wu, C. S. Wang, N. C. MacDonald, J. E. Bowers, web link
  • Microchannel Systems in Titanium and Silicon for Structural and Mechanical Studies of Aligned Protein Self-Assemblies, Langmuir, 21/9, 2005, 3910-3914, L. S. Hirst, E. R. Parker, Z. Abu-Samah, Y. Li, N. C. MacDonald, R. Pynn, C. R. Safinya, web link
  • Widely tunable bottom-emitting vertical-cavity SOAs, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 17/12, 2005, 2526-2528, G. D. Cole, E. S. Bjorlin, C. S. Wang, N. C. MacDonald, J. E. Bowers, web link
  • Alignment of filamentous proteins and associated molecules through confinement in microchannels, Applied Physics Letters, 85/23, 2004, 5775-5777, N. F. Bouxsein, L. S. Hirst, Li Youli, C. R. Safinya, Z. A. Samah, N. C. MacDonald, R. Pynn, web link
  • First demonstration of a MEMS tunable vertical-cavity SOA, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 16/6, 2004, 1438-40, Q. Chen, G. D. Cole, E. S. Bjorlin, T. Kimura, S. Wu, C. S. Wang, N. C. MacDonald, J. E. Bowers, web link
  • Single-mask, three-dimensional microfabrication of high aspect ratio structures in bulk silicon using reactive ion etching lag and sacrificial oxidation, Applied Physics Letters, 85/25, 2004, 6281-6283, M. P. Rao, M. F. Aimi, and N. C. MacDonald,, web link

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