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Christopher G. Levey

Associate Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Chris Levey ENGS24

Professor Levey teaches tools and techniques for students in ENGS 24: "Science of Materials." (Photo by Karen Endicott)

Research Interests

Microfabrication technology; micro-optical systems and binary optics; micromechanical and electromechanical systems (MEMS); microrobotics


  • BA, Physics, Carleton College 1977
  • PhD, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984


  • Thayer School of Engineering Outstanding Service Award for Faculty: 2000, 2003, 2019

Professional Activities

  • The American Physical Society
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • The American Association for Engineering Education

Research Projects

  • Interacting micro-robots

    Interacting micro-robots

    Interacting micro-robots are designed, fabricated, and studied in the microengineering cleanroom laboratory as part of our MEMS effort. Current research includes studies of compliant interactions, control strategies for multiple robots, and collective behaviors, as well as materials and fabrication issues. This work is in collaboration with the Dartmouth and Duke Computer Science Departments. Control is constrained to a few classes of robots, with a number of instances of each class. Typical robots are made of silicon 60x250 microns across, and under 10 microns thick, with an average step size of 12 nanometers.

    See Dartmouth College Micro-Robots

Selected Publications

  • Di Yao, Christopher G. Levey, Charles R. Sullivan, "Microfabricated V-Groove Power Inductors Using Multilayer Co-Zr-O Thin Films for Very-High-Frequency DC-DC Converters," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 28, 4384 – 4394, DOI: 10.1109/TPEL.2012.2233760 (2013)
  • M.L. Lifson, C.G. Levey, U.J. Gibson, "Diameter and Location Control of ZnO Nanowires for Piezoelectric Nanogenerators," Applied Physics A, 113: 243–247, DOI: 10.1007/s00339-012-7538-6 (2013)
  • B.R. Donald, C.G. Levey, Daniela Rus, and I. Paprotny, "Planning and Control for Microassembly of Structures Composed of Stress-Engineered MEMS Microrobots," International J. Robotics Research 32, 218-246, DOI: 10.1177/0278364912467486 (2013)
  • B.R. Donald, C.G. Levey, and I. Paprotny, "Planar Microassembly by Parallel Actuation of MEMS Microrobots," J. Microelectromechanical Systems 17, 789-808 (2008)
  • Bruce R. Donald, Christopher G. Levey, Craig D. McGray, Igor Paprotny, and Daniela Rus. "An Untethered, Electrostatic, Globally- Controllable MEMS Micro-Robot", J. Microelectromechanical Systems 15, 1-15 (2006)
  • S. Prabhakaran, D.E. Kreider, Yu Lin, C.R. Sullivan, and C.G. Levey. "Fabrication of Thin-Film V-Groove Inductors Using Composite Magnetic Materials." IEEE International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging, Waltham, MA (2000)
  • N.N. Khusnatdinov, V.F. Petrenko, and C.G. Levey, "Electrical Properties of the Ice/Solid Interface", J. Phys. Chem. B 101 (32) 6212-6214 (1997)
  • C.K. Sieracki, C.G. Levey, and E.W. Hansen, "Simple Binary Optical Elements for Aberration Correction in Confocal Microscopy," Optics Letters 20, 1213 (1995)
  • A.K. Henning and C.G. Levey, "Undergraduate research in micro- fabrication science and technology at Dartmouth College." ASEE 1994 Annual Conf. Proc., pp. 2599-2606 (peer reviewed), American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC (1994)