B.A., Drake University, Des Moines IA
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
Research Interests include: Developing micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices for mechanical, fluidic, and optical applications.
Alan D. Raisanen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department. He joined RIT in 2001 and was most recently the Technical Director for RIT’s NYSTAR IT Collaboratory. His research currently involves developing micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices for mechanical, fluidic, and optical applications. Some applications include micropumps for human-implantable drug delivery or analytical lab-on-a-chip devices, dielectric devices for harnessing light pressure to provide mechanical lift analogous to an airplane’s wing, mechanical optical devices to replace the natural human eye lens with an artificial implantable prosthesis that restores the natural accommodating (focusing) ability, and electromechanically-driven micromirrors that can be used to steer multiple optical beams for telecommunications, display, and spectroscopic imaging systems. In order to make these devices practical, I am also engaged in research to characterize the fundamental mechanical behaviors of the thin film materials used to fabricate these devices. I am also involved in materials processing and device fabrication of photovoltaics and nanomaterials, specifically in developing manufacturable processes and process flows for devices using these materials. Some of these materials are being used in collaborative RIT Nanopower Research Laboratory research in photovoltaics and Lithium battery technologies. Finally, I am developing new processing tool technologies (primarily plasma deposition and etching tools) that are necessary for fabricating micromechanical devices from silicon as well as other more exotic materials. These tools require extensive work in vacuum technology, machine design, robotics, welding and machining, making them ideal vehicles for self-contained co-op studies, senior design, and multidisciplinary design projects.